Measurement and Analysis of Gnutella Signaling Traffic

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Dragos Ilie, David Erman, Adrian Popescu, Arne A. Nilsson
Title: Measurement and Analysis of Gnutella Signaling Traffic
Conference name: IPSI-2004 Internet Conference
Year: 2004
City: Stockholm
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Telecommunication Systems (Sektionen för teknik – avd. för telekommunikationssystem)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
Authors e-mail:,,,
Language: English
Abstract: The paper reports on in-depth measurements and analysis of Gnutella signaling traffic collected at the Blekinge Institute of Technology
(BIT), Karlskrona, Sweden. The measurements are based on a week-long packet trace collected with help of the well-known tcpdump application. Furthermore, a novel approach has been used to measure and analyze Gnutella signaling traffic. Associated with this, a dedicated tcptrace module has been developed and used to decode the packet trace, down to individual Gnutella messages. The measurement infrastructure consists of a Gnutella node running in ultrapeer mode and protocol decoding software. Detailed traffic characteristics have been collected and analyzed, such as session durations and interarrival times, and Gnutella message sizes and duration. Preliminary results show a high degree of variability of the Gnutella signaling traffic, which is mostly created by the QUERY messages. Furthermore, the Gnutella session interarrival times are observed to resemble the exponential distribution.
Subject: Computer Science\Networks and Communications
Telecommunications\Modelling of Bursty Traffics
Keywords: Peet-to-Peer, Gnutella, Traffic Measurements, Traffic Characteristics, Flow Reassembly