1st Workshop on Large-Scale Monitoring of Broadband Internet Infrastructures (LOBSTER)

7 June 2005, 11:00-15:30, Poznan, Poland
in conjunction with the TERENA Networking Conference 2005

This workshop was organized by the consortium of the LOBSTER, a European IST Project for the Large-Scale Monitoring of Broadband Internet Infrastructures. The target of the workshop was to present recent results and ongoing efforts from the research community in the area of passive network traffic monitoring with full packet inspection. The workshop addressed both hardware and software challenges related to individual passive traffic sensors as well as large-scale passive monitoring infrastructures, including monitoring applications. The workshop showed the added value of passive network monitoring to network administrators and practitioners, while it was interesting for researchers since it presented the research issues still open in this area.

Programme

Session 1: Network Monitoring for the NREN community, the LOBSTER contribution


The LOBSTER project aims at realizing a pilot infrastructure for passive network monitoring primarily with and for the NREN community. In this session an overview of the LOBSTER project was presented and the benefits it wants to achieve for the NREN user community. In particular several use cases of the LOBSTER infrastructure were presented. LOBSTER invited people from NRENs to join this session and actively discuss these use cases, so that the LOBSTER project could use the input to tune the design of LOBSTER. Finally in this session the monitoring efforts in the GN2 project Joint Research Activities were presented and the relation with LOBSTER was discussed.

The archived video stream on the session is available.

More information available from the TNC programme.

Session 2: Technological advances in Network Monitoring


This session addressed the research and development advances in passive network monitoring. The LOBSTER technical infrastructure consists of monitoring hardware cards, a distributed application programming interface, an anonymization language and demonstration applications. The focus in this session was to present some of the highlights in the state-of-the-art monitoring technology.

The archived video stream on the session is available.

More information available from the TNC programme.