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End-to-end asymmetric link capacity estimation

  • Author(s): Chen, Ling-Jyh
  • Sun, Tony
  • Yang, Guang
  • Sanadidi, Medy Y
  • Gerla, Mario
  • et al.
Abstract

Knowledge of link capacity is important for network design, management, and utilization. With the increasing popularity of asymmetric link technologies (such as DSL, 1xRTT, and satellite links), it is desirable to have a capacity estimation technique, which can simultaneously measure forward and backward direction link capacities on an Internet path. Moreover, this estimation must often be "sender only", because of receiver limitations or lack of standards. In this study, we propose a simple, fast and accurate technique, called AsymProbe, to estimate asymmetric link capacities. AsymProbe is a "sender only", round trip procedure. It achieves asymmetric link capacity estimation by strategically altering the ratio of probe and acknowledgement packet sizes. Using simulation and testbed experiments, we validate AsymProbe with a variety of network configurations. The results show that AsymProbe can correctly estimate the asymmetric link capacities as long as an appropriate packet size ratio can be employed.

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