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Efficient packet monitoring for network management

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6 Author(s)
Anagnostakis, K.G. ; CIS Dept., Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia, PA, USA ; Ioannidis, S. ; Miltchev, S. ; Greenwald, M.
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Network monitoring is a vital part of modern network infrastructure management. Existing techniques either present a restricted view of network behavior and state, or do not efficiently scale to higher network speeds and heavier monitoring workloads. We present a novel architecture for programmable packet-level network monitoring that addresses these shortcomings. Our approach allows users to customize the monitoring function at the lowest possible level of abstraction to suit a wide range of monitoring needs: we use operating system mechanisms that result in a programming environment providing a high degree of flexibility, retaining fine-grained control over security, and minimizing the associated performance overheads. We present an implementation of this architecture as well as a set of experimental applications.

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Network Operations and Management Symposium, 2002. NOMS 2002. 2002 IEEE/IFIP

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2002