TMA Final Book Publication

The final publication from the ICT COST Action IC0703 "Data Traffic Monitoring and Analysis: theory, techniques, tools and applications for the future networks" is here!

Data Traffic Monitoring and Analysis

From Measurement, Classification, and Anomaly Detection to Quality of Experience


Data Traffic Monitoring and AnalysisSeries: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 7754
Subseries: Computer Communication Networks and Telecommunications
Biersack, Ernst; Callegari, Christian; Matijasevic, Maja (Eds.)
2013, XVI, 359 p. 121 illus.
ISBN: 978-3-642-36783-0 (Print) 978-3-642-36784-7 (Online)

* About the book (Springer site)

* Table of Contents (Springer site)


Foreword by Fabio Ricciato, Action Chair

Traffic Monitoring and Analysis (TMA) is an important research topic within the field of Communication Networks, involving many research groups worldwide that are collectively advancing our understanding of real packet networks and their users. Modern packet networks are highly complex and ever-evolving objects. Understanding, developing and managing such systems is difficult and expensive in practice. TMA techniques play an increasingly important role in the operation of networks.

Besides its practical importance, TMA is an intellectually attractive research field. First, the inherent complexity of the Internet has attracted many researchers to face traffic measurements since the pioneering times. Second, TMA offers a fertile ground for theoretical and cross-disciplinary research––such as the various analysis techniques being imported into TMA from other fields––while at the same time providing a clear perspective for the exploitation of the results in a real environment. In other words, TMA research has an intrinsic potential to reconcile theoretical investigations with practical applications, and to realign curiosity-driven with problem-driven research.

This book was conceived and prepared in the framework of the COST Action IC0703 titled "Data Traffic Monitoring and Analysis: Theory, Techniques, Tools and Applications for the Future Networks", or TMA Action for short (see

The COST program is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, promoting the coordination of nationally funded research on an European level. Each COST Action aims at improving the coordination and exchange between European researchers involved in a particular field or cross-disciplinary topic, and helps to open European Research to cooperation worldwide.

The COST TMA Action was launched in March 2008 and finished in March 2012. It has involved more than 50 research groups from 26 different countries. The primary goal of the TMA Action was the establishment of a recognizable community out of a set of research groups and individuals who work across Europe in the exciting field of Internet traffic monitoring and network measurements. This goal has been largely achieved, and the TMA community that has formed around the Action is now a recognized entity, inside and outside Europe, even after the formal termination of the Action.

The TMA Action has launched in 2009 an annual full-day single-track workshop on “Traffic Monitoring and Analysis” with scientific papers selected from an open call through a peer-review process. The TMA Workshop will have in 2013 its fifth edition, the first one after the closing of the Action, and will continue to provide an occasion for the TMA community to meet at an annual basis.

The TMA Action triggered numerous new research collaborations, typically initiated via research visits (more than 40) and/or joint publications, which will continue in the years to come. Some of these collaborations have been the seed for new international projects in the EU FP7 programme. It has organized three full-week PhD schools that involved more than 120 students in total. The TMA mailing list counts over 250 subscribers and keeps growing as new PhD students and young scientists join in.

The role of TMA Action as catalyst for “networking researchers” should not obfuscate the “research in networking” achievements. The scientific output of the TMA Action comprises more than 50 joint publications (between two or more research groups in different participating countries) in journals and international conferences, one special issue of a journal, the TMA Workshop proceedings and, of course, this book.

The book is organized into three parts that reflect the most active research topics within the TMA Action. Packet networks will keep evolving in the coming years, new technologies and applications will emerge and user habits will unavoidable change. New problems and challenges will rise. But the need to observe and understand, monitor and analyse the network and its traffic will not vanish. The methodologies and results achieved by the people involved are relevant not only for the present "Internet" as we know it, but also for the "Future Internet" to come. In this sense, this book does not only witness some piece of past work but represents a useful tool for the future.

Most chapters in this book have been co-authored by experts from different research groups, which emphasizes the collaborative nature of the research activities carried out in the Action.

As initiator and Chair of the TMA Action, I am grateful to all the authors who have contributed to realize this book. Special thanks to the three book editors, Ernst, Christian and Maja, for their indefatigable work of selection, organization, review and shepherding of every individual chapter.

I also want to thank the COST Office for supporting the publication of the book.

I wish you a profitable and enjoyable reading!

Fabio Ricciato

Chair of COST Action IC0703