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A critical look at power law modelling of the Internet

Clegg, RG; Di Cairano-Gilfedder, C; Zhou, S; (2010) A critical look at power law modelling of the Internet. [Review]. Computer Communications , 33 (3) 259 - 268. 10.1016/j.comcom.2009.09.009. Green open access


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This paper takes a critical look at the usefulness of power law models of the Internet. The twin focuses of the paper are Internet traffic and topology generation. The aim of the paper is twofold. Firstly it summarises the state of the art in power law modelling particularly giving attention to existing open research questions. Secondly it provides insight into the failings of such models and where progress needs to be made for power law research to feed through to actual improvements in network performance.

Type: Article
Title: A critical look at power law modelling of the Internet
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.comcom.2009.09.009
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.comcom.2009.09.009
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Internet, Power laws, Heavy-tails, Long-range dependence, Scale-free networks, Network modelling
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/79539
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