Modern Application Layer Transmission Patterns from a Transport Perspective

TitleModern Application Layer Transmission Patterns from a Transport Perspective
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSargent, M., Blanton E., & Allman M.
Other Numbers3670

We aim to broadly study the ways that modern applications use the underlying protocols and networks. Such an understanding is necessary when designing and optimizing lower-layer protocols. Traditionally---as prior work shows---applications have been well represented as bulk transfers, often preceded by application-layer handshaking. Recent suggestions posit that application evolution has eclipsed this simple model, and a typical pattern is now a series of transactions over a single transport layer connection. In this initial study we examine application transmission patterns via packet traces from two networks to better understand the ways that modern applications use TCP.


This work was partially supported by funding provided to ICSI through National Science Foundation grants CT-L : 0831535 (“Comprehensive Application Analysis and Control”) and NeTS : 1213157 ("User-Centric Network Measurement"). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors or originators and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Bibliographic Notes

Proceedings of the 15th Passive and Active Measurement Conference (PAM 2011), Los Angeles, California

Abbreviated Authors

M. Sargent, E. Blanton, and M. Allman

ICSI Research Group

Networking and Security

ICSI Publication Type

Article in conference proceedings