Self-similarity Tests for Internet Traffic

Radu Dobrescu, Daniela Hossu, Roland Ulrich


The paper aims to demonstrate the fractal nature of the Internet traffic using self-similarity tests. First, it presents the self-similarity of the Internet traffic and proposes a fractal model of this traffic. Secondly, it offers an analysis of experimental results that prove the similarity in real traffic and a comparison with similar tests performed by simulation on a network model with scale-free topology. Furthermore, the authors demonstrate that the fractal structure of the topology influences the fractal behaviour of the Internet traffic.

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