IJNM Special Issue 2010

Special Issue of the International Journal on Network Management (Wiley)
Traffic Monitoring and Network Measurements: from Theory to Practice
Publication: August 2010

The Special Issue is published and available online

Guest Editors

Fabio Ricciato, Univ. of Salento and FTW
Philippe Owezarski, LAAS-CNRS
Maria Papadopouli, Univ. of Crete and FORTH


Modern networks are increasingly large and complex systems due to factors like technological heterogeneity of the physical deployment and network equipment, functional complexity of protocols, greater-than-ever variety of applications and diversity of user behavior. In such a scenario, measurements and monitoring become central for the planning and management of the network infrastructure, but also more challenging to perform accurately and cost-effectively. Research activities dealing with network measurements and traffic monitoring have surged in the last decade, making this area of research one of the most active ones within the networking community. The richness and complexity of the system under study is attractive for researchers: it provides fertile ground to exercise creativity, develop novel methodologies and perform theoretical analysis. Still, as in other fields of technology, there is a gap between research ideas and their application in practical network scenarios. Implementing research ideas into a production environment is always a challenging task, as the actual traffic environment might not fit the initial assumptions. In the process, novel problems and exploitation opportunities are found that open new research directions.

In order to improve the quality of research in this area, it is important to share the operational experience from in-the-field measurement and monitoring activities, to spread awareness about criticalities and lessons learned. Also, it is desirable to provide independent validation of proposed methodologies and previous results.

Areas of Interest

We solicit research work in all areas of network measurements and traffic monitoring. Particular attention will be given to:

  • Empirical-based studies reporting on operational experience with meas./mon. in live networks.
  • Independent validation or critical revision of earlier works.
  • Benchmarking methods and comparative analysis of competing solutions.
  • Analysis of large datasets from production networks: packet traces, netflow records, equipment logs etc.
  • Collaborative mon./meas. platforms, shared datasets, open tools.
  • Methodologies for collecting and analyzing measurements in production networks.
  • Application of meas./mon. for the operation, management, planning and optimization of real infrastructures.
  • Privacy and security issues in meas./mon.
  • Application of meas./mon. to Network Security and Quality Assurance.