PlanetFlow: Maintaining accountability for network services

Mark Huang, Andy Bavier, Larry Peterson

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PlanetFlow is a network auditing service that maintains comprehensive, permanent accountability for all traffic generated by PlanetLab services, in accordance with common Internet practice and the terms of the PlanetLab Acceptable Use Policy. PlanetFlow audits the usage of PlanetLab network resources in order to facilitate the resolution of complaints, limit liability, and minimize problematic behavior. The current implementation of PlanetFlow consists of a low overhead flow classifier, an autonomously managed distributed database, and a publicly accessible Web interface. PlanetFlow currently processes up to 4 TB of generated traffic per day, and incurs negligible CPU and storage overhead.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-94
Number of pages6
JournalOperating Systems Review (ACM)
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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