End-to-end inference of router packet forwarding priority

Guohan Lu*, Yan Chen, Stefan Birrer, Fabian E Bustamante, Chi Yin Cheung, Xing Lit

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15 Scopus citations


Packet forwarding prioritization (PFP) in routers is one of the mechanisms commonly available to network administrators. PFP can have a significant impact on the performance of applications, the accuracy of measurement tools' results and the effectiveness of network troubleshooting procedures. Despite their potential impact, no information on PFP settings is readily available to end users. In this paper, we present an end-to-end approach for packet forwarding priority inference and its associated tool, POPI. This is the first attempt to infer router packetforwarding priority through end-to-end measurement Our POPI tool enables users to discover such network policies through the monitoring and rank classification of loss rates for different packet types. We validated our approach via statistical analysis, simulation, and wide-area experimentation in PlanetLab. As part of our wide-area experiments, we employed POPI to analyze 156 random paths across 162 PlanetLab nodes. We discovered 15 paths flagged with multiple priorities, 13 of which were further validated through hop-by-hop loss rates measurements. In addition, we surveyed all related network operators and received responses for about half of them confirming our inferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM 2007
Subtitle of host publication26th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2007
EventIEEE INFOCOM 2007: 26th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications - Anchorage, AK, United States
Duration: May 6 2007May 12 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
ISSN (Print)0743-166X


OtherIEEE INFOCOM 2007: 26th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnchorage, AK

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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