Up, down and around the stack: ISP characterization from network intensive applications

Zachary S. Bischof*, John S. Otto, Fabian E Bustamante

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

7 Scopus citations

Abstract

Broadband characterization has recently attracted much attention from the research community and the general public. Given this interest and the important business and policy implications of residential Internet service characterization, recent years have brought a variety of approaches to profiling Internet services, ranging from Web-based platforms to dedicated infrastructure inside home networks. We have previously argued that network-intensive applications provide an almost ideal vantage point for broadband service characterization at sufficient scale, nearly continuously and from end users. While we have shown that the approach is indeed effective at characterization and can enable performance comparisons between service providers and geographic regions, a key unanswered question is how well the performance characteristics captured by these network-intensive applications can predict the overall user experience with other applications. In this paper, using BitTorrent as an example network-intensive application, we present initial results that demonstrate how to obtain estimates of bandwidth and latency of a network connection by leveraging passive monitoring and limited active measurements from network intensive applications. We then analyze user experienced web performance under a variety of network conditions and show how estimated metrics from this network intensive application can serve as good web performance predictors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationW-MUST'12 - ACM Proceedings of the Workshop on Measurements Up and Down the Stack
Pages13-18
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 28 2012
Event2nd ACM Workshop on Measurements Up and Down the Stack, W-MUST 2012 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: Aug 17 2012Aug 17 2012

Publication series

NameW-MUST'12 - ACM Proceedings of the Workshop on Measurements Up and Down the Stack

Other

Other2nd ACM Workshop on Measurements Up and Down the Stack, W-MUST 2012
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period8/17/128/17/12

Keywords

  • broadband access networks
  • isp characterization
  • web performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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