Flow Fair Sampling Based on Multistage Bloom Filters

Liu Yuanzhen, Huang Shurong, Liu Jianzhao


Network traffic distribution is heavy-tailed. Most of network flows are short and carry very few packets, and the number of large flows is small. Traditional random sampling tends to sample more large flows than short ones. However, many applications depend on per-flow traffic other than just large flows. A flow fair sampling based on multistage Bloom filters is proposed. The total measurement interval is divided into n child time intervals. In each child time interval, employ multistage Bloom filters to query the incoming packet’s flow whether exists in flow information table or not, if exists, sample the packet with static sampling rate which is inversely proportional to the estimation flow traffic up to the previous time interval. If it is a new flow’s first packet, create its flow information and insert it into the multistage Bloom filters. The results show that the proposed algorithm is accurate especially for short flows and easy to extend.


network traffic; short flow; Multistage Bloom filters; flow fair sampling

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12928/telkomnika.v14i3.3648

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