1/f noise in computer network traffic

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A huge number of computers connected together form an international network (Internet). As a result of their communication, trains of data packages travel through this network; due to the limited transfer rate and the behaviour of data source agents, the traffic fluctuates. Our measurements show that the power spectrum of the round-trip time between two points on Internet is 1/f-like over a broad range. Models of collective phenomena, such as highway traffic models could be appropriate for describing this behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Article number004
Pages (from-to)L417-L421
JournalJournal of Physics A: General Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1994


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Mathematical Physics

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