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Overview

Although the Internet is now a planet-wide communication medium, we have remarkably little quantitative understanding of it. This ground breaking book provides a comprehensive overview of the important field of Internet Measurement, and includes a first detailed look at three areas:
* measurements of Internet infrastructure: routers, links, network connectivity and bandwidth,
* measurements of traffic on the Internet: packets, bytes, flows, sessions, etc.,
* measurements of various key Internet applications: DNS, Web, Peer-to-Peer, and networked games.

Each area is discussed in depth, covering the challenges faced (such as data availability, data management and statistical issues), the tools and methods that are available to address those challenges, and the state of current knowledge in the area.

In addition, the book contains extensive background material needed for Internet measurement, including overviews of Internet architecture and essential statistical methods. It also covers important emerging areas in Internet measurement: anonymization issues and methods, how measurements can be used for network security, and examples of successful tools and systems currently used for Internet measurement. It is essential reading for practitioners, researchers and analysts of Internet traffic, and students taking advanced Networking, Internet Security or other specialist courses relying on Internet Measurement.

"This book is a gem! Written by two of the leading researchers/practitioners in the field of Internet measurement this book provides readable, thorough and insightful coverage of both the principles and the practice of network measurement. It is a must read for everyone interested in the field."
—Jim Kurose, Distinguished University Professor, University of Massachussetts

"If you want to measure the Internet, you must read this book."
—Bruce Maggs, Vice President, Research, Akamai Technologies; Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

"This extraordinary book is a change in the way of viewing the Internet. Highly recommended!"
—Virgílio Almeida, Professor of Computer Science, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

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"The book will be a valuable resource for students and researchers starting to work on internet measurements." (IEEE Network Magazine, May/June 2007)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470014615
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/18/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.43 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Crovella is Professor of Computer Science at Boston University. He has worked in the field of Internet Measurement for more than ten years, and has been a consulant to and founder of Internet technology companies.

Balachander Krishnamurthy of AT&T Labs—Research has authored and edited ten books, published more than 70 technical papers, holds 17 patents, and given invited talks in over 30 countries. He co-founded the Internet Measurement Conference and the Steps to Reducing Unwanted Traffic workshop. He has collaborated with over 60 researchers worldwide; his papers are at http://www.research.att.com/~bala/papers/.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

I. BACKGROUND.

1. Introduction.

1.1 Why Measure The Internet?

1.2 How to Read This Book.

1.3 Resources for More Information.

2. Internet Architecture.

2.1 The Internet’s Architecture.

2.2 Details of Internet Operation.

2.3 Protocols.

2.4 Applications.

3. Analytic Background.

3.1 Linear Algebra.

3.2 Probability.

3.3 Statistics.

3.4 Graphs.

3.5 Metrics.

3.6 Measurement and Modelling.

4. Practical Issues in Internet Measurement.

4.1 Where Can Measurements Be Made?

4.2 Role of Time in Measurements.

II. IN DEPTH.

5. Infrastructure.

5.1 Properties.

5.2 Challenges.

5.3 Tools.

5.4 State of the Art.

6. Traffic.

6.1 Properties.

6.2 Challenges.

6.3 Tools.

6.4 State of the Art.

7. Applications.

7.1 Application Mix.

7.2 DNS.

7.3 Web.

7.4 P2P.

7.5 Online Games.

7.6 Other applications.

III. IN PERSPECTIVE.

8 Anonymization.

8.1 Definitions.

8.2 General Motivation for Anonymizing Data.

8.3 Obstacles and Risks in Sharing Data.

8.4 Categorizing Data: What Should be Anonymized?

8.5 Anonymizing Process and Techniques: How data is Anonymized.

8.6 Anonymization Examples at Different Layers.

8.7 Attacks Against Anonymized Data.

8.8 Anonymizing Data: Metrics for Success.

8.9 Alternatives to Anonymization.

9. Security.

9.1 Role of Internet Measurement in Security.

9.2 Intranet Measurements in Aid of Security.

9.3 Gateway Measurements in Aid of Security.

9.4 Inter-domain Measurements Impact on Security.

9.5 Wide-area Measurements in Aid of Security.

9.6 Application-level Measurements of Attacks.

10. Case Studies.

10.1 Low Level Monitoring Tools.

10.2 Individual Toolsets for Network Measurement.

10.3 Large Scale Measurement Projects.

11. Conclusions and Prospects.

11.1 Trends in Internet Measurement.

11.2 Difficulties.

11.3 Future Work.

Bibliography.

Index.

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