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Re: A question of stats..
At 09:07 AM 6/8/97 -0400, Brian Horvitz wrote: >Here is something which has been troubling my mind lately. >The basic question is, how do I turn an in and an out into >an aggregate? Here is a scenario: I measure usage on a >customer's T1 at my router port. Every 5 minutes a sample >the port and figure the average bps both in and out for the >last five minutes. Now, I want to make a number that >represents the aggregate usage across that port but, I cannot >simply add the two ins and outs (as I am doing now) because >they were both averages over a period of time. Doing this >produces some strange effects which can show nice trends but >also lies about the real usage. Perhaps I simply lack the >math experience to do this correctly but I can't see a good >way to do it. If you're doing this for accounting (i.e. money collection) purposes, I see a cause for customers to be very alarmed. I've seen a lot of attacks lately that were ping floods or other such traffic, frequently originating from RFC1918 addresses. I know if my upstream charged by the packet, I'd be all over them to deduct from my bill EVERY packet I'm not interested in. Could cause providers a lot of trouble. Even charging for packets a site transmits is potentially at risk in such cases, if the systems send back ICMP unreachables or other rejection packets. Dan > > Brian Horvitz > WebSecure, Inc. > > > Daniel Senie mailto:email@example.com Sr. Staff Engineer http://www.openroute.com/ OpenROUTE Networks, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Proteon, Inc.)