Accuracy and Computational Efficiency on the Fractal Traffic Generation

S. Fernandes, C. Kamienski, and D. Sadok (Brazil)


Fractal Traffic, Network Performance Analysis, Network Simulation


The use of synthetic self-similar traffic in computer networks simulation is of vital importance for the capturing and reproducing of actual Internet data traffic behavior. A commonly used technique for generating self similar traffic is achieved by aggregating On/Off sources where the active (On) and idle (Off) periods exhibit heavy tailed distributions. This work analyzes the balance between accuracy and computational efficiency in generating self-similar traffic and presents important results that can be useful to parameterize existing heavy tailed distributions such as Pareto, Weibull and Lognormal in a simulation analysis. Our results were obtained through the simulation of various scenarios and were evaluated by estimating the Hurst (H) parameter, which measures the self-similarity level, using several methods.

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