AuthorsT. Dreibholz
TitleHiPerConTracer - A Versatile Tool for IP Connectivity Tracing in Multi-Path Setups
AfilliationCommunication Systems
Project(s)NorNet, GAIA, The Center for Resilient Networks and Applications, Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering
Publication TypeProceedings, refereed
Year of Publication2020
Conference NameProceedings of the 28th IEEE International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks (SoftCOM)
Place PublishedHvar, Dalmacija/Croatia
KeywordsHiPerConTracer, Multi-Path Transport, NorNet, NorNet Core, Ping, Traceroute

Nowadays, we see a steadily increasing number of Internet devices with connections to multiple networks. For example, every smartphone provides mobile broadband and Wi-Fi connectivity. Multi-path transport protocols, like MPTCP, CMT-SCTP or Multipath-QUIC, allow for utilising all connected networks simultaneously. However, while there is a lot of research on the Transport Layer aspects of multi-path transport, there is not much work on the Network Layer perspective, yet.

In this paper, we introduce our Open Source tool HiPerConTracer (High-Performance Connectivity Tracer) for efficient, parallelised, long-term measurements of the path connectivity characteristics among multi-homed Internet systems. HiPerConTracer is now running as a permanent feature in the NorNet Core infrastructure, which is used for research on multi-homed systems, and in particular for research on multi-path transport. Based on the HiPerConTracer data collected in NorNet Core so far, we finally present some interesting results from the analysis of the inter-continental site connectivity between China and Norway in January 2020.

Citation Key SoftCOM2020-HiPerConTracer

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