Towards Provisioning Diffserv Intra-Nets

  • Ulrich Fiedler
  • Polly Huang
  • Bernhard Plattner
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2092)


The question of our study is how to provision a diffserv (differentiated service) intra-net serving three classes of traffic, i.e., voice, real-time data (e.g. stock quotes), and best-effort data. Each class of traffic requires a different level of QoS (Quality of Service) guarantee. For VoIP the primary QoS requirements are delay and loss; for realtime data response-time. Given a network configuration and anticipated workload of a business intra-net, we use ns-2 simulations to determine the minimum capacity requirements that dominate total cost of the intranet. To ensure that it is worthwhile converging different traffic classes or deploying diffserv, we cautiously examine capacity requirements in three sets of experiments: three traffic classes in i) three dedicated networks, ii) one network without diffserv support , and iii) one network with diffserv support. We find that for the business intra-net of our study, integration without diffserv may need considerable over-provisioning depending on the fraction of real-time data in the network. In addition, we observe significant capacity savings in the diffserv case; thus conclude that deploying diffserv is advantageous. The relations we find give rise to, as far as we know, the first rule of thumb on provisioning a diffserv network for increasing real-time data.


Link Capacity Queue Size Capacity Requirement Bottleneck Link Expedite Forwarding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrich Fiedler
    • 1
  • Polly Huang
    • 1
  • Bernhard Plattner
    • 1
  1. 1.Compute Engineering and Networks LaboratorySwiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH-ZentrumZurichSwitzerland

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