Flow Monitoring Experiences at the Ethernet-Layer

Rick Hofstede, R.J. Hofstede, Idilio Drago, Anna Sperotto, Aiko Pras

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    Flow monitoring is a scalable technology for providing summaries of network activity. Being deployed at the IP-layer, it uses fixed flow definitions, based on fields of the IP-layer and higher layers. Since several backbone network operators are considering the deployment of (Carrier) Ethernet in their Next-Generation Network, flow monitoring should also evolve in that direction. In order to do flow monitoring at the Ethernet-layer, Ethernet header fields need to be considered in flow definitions. IPFIX provides the flexibility to change the definition of flows, incorporating information from several layers in the network (including non-IP fields). The deployment of IPFIX is still at an early stage, which means that use cases for Ethernet-layer monitoring are not well known yet. This paper provides an overview of the usability of IPFIX at the Ethernet-layer and presents several use cases in which Ethernet-layer flow monitoring provides new insights and different views on a network.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th EUNICE Workshop on Energy-Aware Communications
    EditorsRalf Lehnert
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-23540-5
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2011
    Event17th International Workshop on Energy-Aware Communications, EUNICE 2011 - Dresden, Germany
    Duration: 5 Sept 20117 Sept 2011
    Conference number: 17

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer Verlag


    Workshop17th International Workshop on Energy-Aware Communications, EUNICE 2011
    Abbreviated titleEUNICE


    • METIS-277724
    • IR-77797
    • Carrier Ethernet
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/257513
    • IPFIX
    • Flow monitoring
    • EWI-20351
    • Network Management

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