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On reorder density and its application to characterization of packet reordering

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3 Author(s)
Piratla, Nischal M. ; Comput. Networking Res. Lab., Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO ; Jayasumana, A.P. ; Banka, T.

A formal approach for characterizing, evaluating and modeling packet reordering is presented. Reordering is, a phenomenon that is likely to become increasingly common on the Internet, and it can have an adverse impact on end-to-end performance and network resource utilization. Reorder density (RD) is a comprehensive metric for reordering. Several properties of RD are presented that provide insight into the nature of reordering present in a sequence. Based on measurements of packet reordering, certain basic patterns of reordering that are prevalent on the Internet are identified. By focusing on these basic patterns, a model is developed for reordering in networks involving two parallel paths, using a simple load-balancing scenario as an example. The model is verified using an emulation testbed

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Local Computer Networks, 2005. 30th Anniversary. The IEEE Conference on

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17-17 Nov. 2005

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