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A traffic model for the Xbox game Halo 2

Zander, S. and Armitage, G. (2005) A traffic model for the Xbox game Halo 2. In: International Workshop on Network and Operating Systems Support for Digital Audio and Video (NOSSDAV '05), 13 - 14 June 2005, Stevenson, Washington

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This paper analyses the traffic characteristics of, and proposes a traffic model for, the Xbox game Halo 2. Our goal is to help players and network providers to estimate the amount of traffic caused by the game and the impact on access links or provider networks. It also enables other researchers to use a realistic Halo 2 traffic model in network simulations. We focus on the following characteristics: bandwidth, packet rate and distribution of packet inter-arrival times and packet lengths. We compare the results with a previous analysis of Halo 1 and find some major differences - the client packet rate has been reduced, packet sizes have no longer a single fixed value per game and the mean packet size has decreased (so Halo 2 requires less bandwidth). Finally we develop traffic simulation models for Halo 2 and compare them against the experimentally obtained data.

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