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Network Monitoring and Diagnosis

Network monitoring and diagnosis is an increasingly challenging task for network operators. Integrating these functionalities within the network stack at the end-hosts allows efficiently using end-host programmability and resources with minimal overheads (end-host stack process the incoming packets anyway). However, achieving this requires tools that support highly concurrent per-packet capture at line-rate, support for online queries (for monitoring purposes), and offline queries (for diagnosis purposes). Confluo interface is a natural fit for building such a tool -- flows, packets headers and header fields at an end-host map perfectly to Confluo streams, records and attributes.

For details on the design, implementation and evaluation of the network monitoring and diagnosis tool, please see our NSDI paper.