Traffic Burstiness Survey

Heath Jones hj1980 at
Tue Sep 11 04:40:07 UTC 2012

Hi Monia,

'Burst' is a very broad term. It would be useful to clarify to what you are
referring.. I can think of a few possibilities:

- Data Transmission: The length of an uninterrupted flow of information.
- Traffic Engineering: The ability for traffic to temporarily exceed it's
allocated (average) bandwidth share.
- Internal Event: A backup (scheduled) or a server failure (adhoc) altering
traffic patterns.
- External Event: Marketing campaign / event coinciding with increased
traffic towards say, a website.

Perhaps -> Over what period of time is a 'Burst'..?


On Sun, Sep 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM, Monia Ghobadi <monia at> wrote:

> Dear Nanog members,
> I am a PhD student at University of Toronto and I am working on traffic
> burstiness in data centers. In the following I am asking two questions to
> raise motivation for my research. I appreciate if anyone could answer these
> questions to their best knowledge. *The questions are:*
> 1) ‘Bursty’ is a word with no agreed meaning. How do you define a bursty
> traffic?
> 2) If you are involved with a data center, is your data center traffic
> bursty?
>    -- If yes,
>          -- Do you think that it will be useful to supress the burstiness
> in your traffic? (For example by pacing the traffic into shorter bursts)
>     -- If no:
>         -- Are you already supressing the burstiness? How?
>          -- Would you anticipate the traffic becoming burstier in the
> future?
> Thanks,
> Monia
> ------------------
> Monia Ghobadi
> PhD Student
> University of Toronto

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