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EventFlow: Network Flow Aggregation Based on User Actions



Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium 2016 (NOMS 2016)
Field Informatics
Keywords network; flow; monitoring; application
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Description Network flow monitoring is being supplemented with an application flow visibility to provide more detailed information about network traffic. However, the current concept of flows does not provide a mechanism to keep track of semantic relations between individual flows that are created as a part of a single user action. We propose an extension to the flow measurement, called EventFlow, which allows to preserve relations between HTTP and DNS application flows that are a part of single user action, most typically browsing a web page. We describe an architecture of the EventFlow extension and its limitations. A prototype implementation of the EventFlow is introduced and evaluated on a packet trace from an ISP network. We show that a significant number of flow records can be recognised as a part of a single user action.

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