The Internet is the most complex system ever created in human history. Therefore, its dynamics and traffic unsurprisingly take on a rich variety of complex dynamics, self-organization, and other phenomena that have been researched for years. This paper is a review of the complex dynamics of Internet traffic. Departing from normal treatises, we will take a view from both the network engineering and physics perspectives showing the strengths and weaknesses as well as insights of both. In addition, many less covered phenomena such as traffic oscillations, large-scale effects of worm traffic, and comparisons of the Internet and biological models will be covered.
- Pub Date:
- July 2008
- Nonlinear Sciences - Adaptation and Self-Organizing Systems;
- Computer Science - Networking and Internet Architecture;
- Nonlinear Sciences - Chaotic Dynamics
- 63 pages, 7 figures, 7 tables, submitted to Advances in Complex Systems