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Internet Measurement: Infrastructure, Traffic and Applications

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 This book provides all the ingredients necessary for a full understanding of the increasingly important discipline of Internet Measurement – ranging from its role in the different layers of architecture to the various applications where it plays a critical role. 

This book and its subject help to build foundational knowledge for other areas of internet and computing courses particularly in regard to internet security, whose subject matter depend upon information derived from this source. Students studying courses that look at web applications or P2P file-sharing applications will find this book provides crucial information for their subject areas.

The experience of the authors, who are at the heart of the Internet Measurement community, and the emerging importance of the discipline make this the authoratitive and defining book of the field.

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Table of Contents



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.


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.


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.



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Author Information

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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The Wiley Advantage

  • The opening chapters describe the architecture, network layers and movement of traffic around the Internet and provide the requisite background for the material in the book.
  • The second  section  describes the three key axes to be measured:  infrastructure,  traffic and applications.  It examines challenges  faced, such as data visibility, statistical difficulties and the practical problems of dealing with large volumes of data.  It also presents solutions – methods, tools and state of the art technology.
  • The final section of the book presents a set of case studies and points towards fruitful directions for ongoing and future work.
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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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Internet Measurement: Infrastructure, Traffic and Applications
ISBN : 978-0-470-01461-5
520 pages
June 2006, ©2006
$92.95   BUY

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