Inferring User-perceived Performance of Network by Monitoring TCP Interruptions

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Junaid Shaikh, Markus Fiedler, Tahir Nawaz Minhas, Patrik Arlos, Denis Collange
Title: Inferring User-perceived Performance of Network by Monitoring TCP Interruptions
Journal: Network Protocols and Algorithms
Year: 2012
Volume: 4
Issue: 2
Pagination: 49-67
ISSN: 1943-3581
Publisher: Macrothink Institute
URI/DOI: 10.5296/npa.v4i2.1357
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: The fluctuating performance of wireless and mobile networks has triggered the need for smart algorithms to assess the user perception, resulting from the quality of network services. While efforts have been done to model the user experience resulting from the network performance, there is still the need for practical methods to assess the user-perceived performance, in the real environment. In this work, we present a set of criteria to observe the user behavior on the Web, passively from the network-level. The criteria are based on the monitoring of TCP control flags and HTTP requests. Thus, information about user actions performed in the web browser can be inferred by monitoring the TCP termination flags and by keeping track of the HTTP requests. Along the way, we also present some anomalies observed in the TCP connection termination process, which may result in performance degradation of Web transfers.
Subject: Computer Science\Networks and Communications
Keywords: Quality of Experience, Quality of Service, Network Monitoring, Network Measurements, Traffic Analysis
Note: Open access journal