Call for Papers

Passive & Active Measurement Workshop

Hosted by The Waikato Applied Network Dynamics Group (WAND)

Department of Computer Science, University of Waikato

Hamilton, New Zealand, April 3 and 4, 2000

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Passive & Active Measurement: PAM-2000

Call for papers

A workshop on passive and active measurement techniques for high speed computer networks and the Internet

University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
April 3 and 4, 2000

Abstracts due: 15 November 1999
Full papers due: 15 February 2000


Conference Chair: Professor Ian Graham, University of Waikato

Program Committee:

Nevil Brownlee (chair), The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Scott Bradner Harvard University, U.S.A.
Hans-Werner Braun, NLANR, U.S.A.
Randy Bush, Verio, U.S.A.
John Cleary, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Geoff Huston, Telstra, Australia
Kitamura Yasuichi CRL/APAN, Japan
Tracie Monk, CAIDA, U.S.A.
Alastair Reynolds, Hewlett Packard, Scotland
Matthew Robinson, RIPE Test Traffic WG, U.K.
Henk Uijterwaal, RIPE NCC, Netherlands
Matt Zekauskas, Advanced Network & Services, U.S.A.

As the Internet has grown over the last decade the need for precise measurement of network traffic has become steadily more apparent; most of today's Internet Service Providers and many of their large network customers are collecting and analysing traffic data for the purposes of performance monitoring, network engineering and cost recovery, but the engineering quality of these measurements vary.

A steadily growing number of research groups have been working in the areas of

Active Measurements, i.e. sending test packets and observing their progress through the Internet
Passive Measurements, i.e. observing actual traffic on 'live' networks
Performance Metrics, i.e. developing measures or indicators which can be used to characterise traffic behaviour
Traffic Statistics, i.e. attempting to understand and develop models of 'real' Internet traffic
Visualisation, i.e. finding effective ways to display what's happening in a network

One such group is the Waikato Applied Network Dynamics (WAND) group, based at Waikato University in New Zealand. The WAND group will be local host to a workshop to be held in New Zealand early in April 2000, following the IETF meeting in Adelaide.

Papers are invited from the research, provider and any other communities on topics in the areas above, or any other area of network traffic measurement. Papers reporting practical experience of measurement and/or analysis are especially welcome, in particular:

  1. 'Experience' papers, which talk about practical uses of measurement, especially in large networks are strongly encouraged.
  2. Papers on modelling would also be very welcome, especially if they're backed by measurements of real traffic.
  3. More 'academic' papers are fine too, but please emphasise the 'practical' side of the measurements.

Extended abstracts (about 500 words) must be submitted by e-mail to by 15 November 1999. Abstracts will be reviewed and acceptance notified by 15 December 1999 or earlier.

Papers, maximum 15 printed pages, must be submitted electronically by 15 February 2000. Details of acceptable paper formats will be published on the conference web site,

Equipment and software demonstrations are also welcomed. Proposals for demonstrations should be sent by email to the conference chair at by 15 December 1999.

Hamilton is a city of some 100,000 inhabitants, situated 100 kilometres (80 miles) south of New Zealand's largest city, Auckland. The weather in April (our fall in New Zealand) is usually still warm and not too wet.

This workshop follows immediately after the 47th IETF meeting in Adelaide, Australia (March 27-31, 2000). Travel from Adelaide through Auckland to the US is possible with United, Air New Zealand and Qantas (and possibly other airlines). Local travel and tourism can be arranged through the workshop's travel agents in Hamilton; Calder and Lawson,

The workshop will be held at the Novotel Tainui in Hamilton. Special room rates are available for the conference, and the conference fee will be about $US 150 ($NZ 250). A paper copy of the workshop proceedings is included in the conference fee.

For further information see

The workshop's web page is