A Portal to Support Rigorous Experimental Methodology in Networking Research

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Guillaume Jourjon, Thierry Rakotoarivelo and Max Ott
TridentCom 2011
Publication year: 2011.05

Abstract: Whilst dealing with topics that are more and more influenced by physical properties of the underlying media, the networking community still lacks a culture of rigorous result verification. Indeed, as opposed to most of the science and engineering fields there are very few benchmarks to test protocols against. Furthermore, in most publications the authors do not give the community access to the raw results or details of the performed experimental procedures. Therefore it is impossible to accurately reproduce their experiments. We propose to solve this problem by extending the state of the art experiment tool OMF with a public portal. This portal, while providing the experimenter with access to experimental resources, also provides the community with a system for comprehensive experiment description and result verification. The collection of both the measurement set and the experiment’s description is done in a transparent manner for the experimenter, who can decide to publish them via the portal once the research is mature enough.

Towards sender-based TFRC

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Guillaume Jourjon, Emmanuel Lochin and Patrick Senac
IEEE International Conference on Communications 2007 (IEEE ICC 2007)
Publication year: 2007.06

Abstract: Pervasive communications are increasingly sent over mobile devices and personal digital assistants. This trend has been observed during the last football world cup where cellular phones service providers have measured a significant increase in multimedia traffic. To better carry multimedia traffic, the IETF standardized a new TCP Friendly Rate Control (TFRC) protocol. However, the current receiver-based TFRC design is not well suited to resource limited end systems. We propose a scheme to shift resource allocation and computation to the sender. This sender based approach led us to develop a new algorithm for loss notification and loss rate computation. We demonstrate the gain obtained in terms of memory requirements and CPU processing compared to the current design. Moreover this shifting solves security issues raised by classical TFRC implementations. We have implemented this new sender-based TFRC, named TFRC$_{light}$, and conducted measurements under real world conditions.