Exploring Machine Learning for Classification of QUIC Flows over Satellite

Raffaello Secchi* (Corresponding Author), Pietro Cassara, Alberto Gotta

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Automatic traffic classification is increasingly important in networking due to the current trend of encrypting transport information (e.g., behind HTTP encrypted tunnels) which prevent intermediate nodes to access end-to-end transport headers. This paper proposes an architecture for supporting Quality of Service (QoS) in hybrid terrestrial and SATCOM networks based on automated traffic classification. Traffic profiles are constructed by machine-learning (ML) algorithms using the series of packet sizes and arrival times of QUIC connections. Thus, the proposed QoS method does not require explicit setup of a path (i.e. it provides soft QoS), but employs agents within the network to verify that flows conform to a given traffic profile. Results over a range of ML models encourage integrating ML technology in SATCOM equipment. The availability of higher computation power at low-cost creates the fertile ground for implementation of these techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICC 2022 - IEEE International Conference on Communications
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538683477
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2022
Event2022 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2022 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 16 May 202220 May 2022

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)1550-3607


Conference2022 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2022
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of

Bibliographical note

ACKNOWLEDGMENT This work is partially funded by the European Space Agency, ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, under contract n. 4000130962/20/NL/NL/FE (“SatNEx V— Satellite Network of Experts V”). The view expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency.


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