The main goal of this proposal is to develop and deploy an
advanced European Internet Traffic Monitoring Infrastructure
based on passive monitoring sensors at speeds of 2.5 Gbps,
and possibly up to 10Gbps.
We believe that such an infrastructure will serve as a catalytic tool
that will boost our understanding of the Internet and will lead
to its better use in the long-run.
Passive monitoring at such high speeds stresses significantly
the computational, communication, and storage capabilities of
the underlying monitoring
sensor and poses several interesting research challenges.
Fortunately, within the FP5 IST SCAMPI
we have successfully met several
of these challenges by designing and developing an advanced Internet passive
monitoring system at 10Gbps that combines novel hardware and
Having met the research challenges posed by passive monitoring at 10Gbps,
we propose to deploy a network of such passive sensors
in several key places creating a European Passive
Internet Traffic Monitoring Infrastructure.
|| `Like Galileo's telescope provided mankind with a wealth
of knowledge about the solar system, Lobster aims to give new insights
in traffic behaviour on the Internet.'
For more information about Lobster research at the Vrije
Universiteit, contact Herbert
Bos, or check out the official Lobster website.
More specifically the objectives of this proposal are to:
1. Develop and Deploy an advanced
Internet Traffic Monitoring Infrastructure
Based on passive monitoring, and capitalizing on our
experience gained in the SCAMPI IST FP5 project, this infrastructure will
be unique in Europe and among the only two similar infrastructures that
exist in the world today.
The passive monitoring infrastructure will be installed
at several NRNs and ISPs. Some of them, being partners of this project
will pioneer such installations during the first phase of the project.
Once the pilot core monitoring infrastructure
has been installed during the first phase of \pn\/,
that second phase will start, during which,
several more NRNs and ISPs will be able to join the infrastructure
through the installation of passive monitoring sensors.
2. Create a human network in the area of advanced Internet traffic
The network will consist of all stakeholders in
the area including NRNs, ISPs, research organizations, and network
equipment manufacturers. This human network will deal with
(i) the operation of the monitoring infrastructure,
(ii) the expansion of the infrastructure through the inclusion of new member nodes,
(ii) the support of the new member nodes through transfer of know-how,
(iii) the establishment of policies necessary to share and collaboratively
use the monitoring infrastructure.
3. Develop the appropriate data anonymizing tools
that will prohibit unauthorized tampering with the original traffic data.
To avoid any unauthorized use of network traffic data, we will to develop
a set of tools for encryption and anonymization of the original information
contained in the monitored traffic.
At the lowest layer, this
infrastructure will consist of code running on the packet capture card
which will encrypt and sanitize the data before they get the
chance to reach the host computer.
At the higher level, this toolset will provide application-specific
anonymization through a Scripting Sanitization Language (SiSaL).
SiSaL will enable authorized users to anonymize the data
in application-specific ways so that both
the anonymity of users is protected and
the necessary information is provided to the monitoring application.
4. Develop novel applications enabled by the availability of
the passive network traffic monitoring infrastructure.
Within Lobster we will develop novel applications that were
not possible to be developed on top of traditional
monitoring systems. Such applications include: (a) Accurate Traffic Characterization for protocols
that use dynamic ports, (b) Intrusion Detection, (c) Stealth worm spread detection.
5. Provide anonymized data traffic information on a daily basis.
Once we have the monitoring infrastructure in place,
we plan to provide periodic summaries of anonymized
traffic data every day at regular intervals.
These data, that will be strictly anonymized
so as to protect the privacy of the
original Internet users, will be used
to detect of Internet trends, to calibrate models of the Internet,
and in general to support Internet-related research.
6. Dissemination of project Results.
For more information about the Lobster project, contact Herbert Bos.