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An example of a network and traffic matrix.

Credit: The University of Adelaide

The Internet Traffic-Matrix Synthesis project will help make Internet services more reliable and efficient, according to University of Adelaide researchers. They say the project will synthesize Internet traffic matrices, based on the patterns of real network traffic, which will enable network researchers to test the designs of communication networks.

"A traffic matrix looks at the volume, movement and type of data traffic over all starting points and all destinations," says Adelaide professor Matt Roughan. "This work is about discovering the mathematical underpinnings of these patterns and using them to generate new traffic matrices, against which network designs can be tested."

Network researchers have not been able to use real Internet traffic data to test designs due to commercial sensitivity and privacy issues. Comparing synthetic traffic matrices with real matrices will enable network providers and researchers to have a better understanding of actual traffic patterns. Researchers from AT&T Labs Research will participate in the project.

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