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MPLS Network Management by Thomas D. Nadeau

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10

Traffic Matrix Statistics

“There are three kinds of lies; lies, damned lies and statistics.”

Benjami Disraeli

Introduction

Traffic engineering is a tool used by operators of networks as part of an overall program of network management. Use of this tool includes a periodic cycle of network analysis and/or predictions of network traffic growth. This process is fed and driven by first gathering network statistics from network nodes or intermediate collection devices. This data is then used as input into intermediate traffic engineering analysis processes that may determine if any adjustment to either the physical or the logical configuration of the network is required. One popular mechanism that is used today to collect and view traffic ...

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