The scope of this paper is to derive a set of simple formulas providing a traffic aggregation in important points of an Internet access networks. The paper shows that the resources associated to the access network depend on user type-, technology and service parameter. Existing calculation methodologies applies on individual approximations whereas this proposal exposes the combined application of these individual and wellknown approximations providing a scheme of generic dimensioning formulas. The dimensioning formulas for a generic applications are derived for the three main levels: connection, session and burst level, and the traffic aggregation is considered through three different and combined variables describing users, accesses and services forming a cube with three axes. The adaptation of corresponding parameters following the different axes allows the calculation of complete access network traffic scenarios, grouped by the so called CASUAL concept: Cube of Accesses / Services / Users. A set of CASUAL based tools allows an estimation of the aggregated traffic in different access points as multiplexers, IP point of presence or edge routers.

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Published on 01/01/2006

Volume 2006, 2006
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