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Obtaining Internet Flow Statistics by Volunteer-Based System

Jens Myrup Pedersen and Tomasz Bujlow

Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Image Processing & Communications (IP&C 2012), Image Processing & Communications Challenges 4, AISC 184, pp. 261 - 268, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Bydgoszcz, Poland, September 2012, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-32384-3_32.

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In this paper, we demonstrate how the Volunteer Based System for Research on the Internet, developed at Aalborg University, can be used for creating statistics of Internet usage. Since the data are collected on individual machines, the statistics can be made on the basis of both individual users and groups of users, and as such be useful also for segmentation of the users into groups. We present results with data collected from real users over several months; in particular we demonstrate how the system can be used for studying flow characteristics - the number of TCP and UDP flows, average flow lengths, and average flow durations. The paper is concluded with a discussion on what further statistics can be made, and the further development of the system.

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