Traffic Intensity

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Traffic intensity is a measure of network traffic conditions used to describe network congestion or otherwise degraded network conditions. Traffic intensity, also called the traffic intensity factor when calculated, describes conditions in a packet-switched network such as one carrying TCP traffic.

The traffic intensity factor (TF) is a relative measure taking into account the average rate at which packets arrive, the average packet size, and the available network transmission rates. TF can be calculated with the following formula:

traffic intensity factor equation
a = average rate of packet arrival; L = average packet size; R = transmission rate

The Traffic Intensity Factor is useful in probing for network delays and in directing rate-limiting protocols and error prediction.


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