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Traffic Information Collection Kernel with Exact Timing

Current tools for monitoring and measuring aggregate network traffic are either based on tcpdump or are implemented in hardware. While the software-based tcpdump is portable and only requires a typical PC with network interface card to run, it does not scale to gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) speeds. Furthermore, the accuracy of the timestamps is only on the order of milliseconds. At the other end of the spectrum, there exists one known hardware-based monitor that does scale to Gb/s speeds; however, the cost of the monitor is exorbitant. To get the best of both worlds, I developed TICKET - a monitor that scales to Gb/s speeds, measures traffic at nanosecond granularity, and runs on a typical PC with network interface card.

I am currently working on expanding and improving TICKET. For instance, in addition to its network monitoring capabilities, TICKET can be modified to be an efficient WAN emulator. For historical purposes and to enable replication of the results in the first TICKET paper, I have released version 1.0-alpha. You probably do not want to use this release. Version 1.0-beta, with many improvements and fixes, will be available in the beginning of January 2003.