2nd International ICST Workshop on Hot Topics in Peer-to-Peer Systems

Research Article

A packet-level traffic model of Starcraft

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/HOT-P2P.2005.4,
        author={Alberto  Dainotti and Antonio  Pescape and Giorgio  Ventre},
        title={A packet-level traffic model of Starcraft},
        proceedings={2nd International ICST Workshop on Hot Topics in Peer-to-Peer Systems},
  • Alberto Dainotti
    Antonio Pescape
    Giorgio Ventre
    Year: 2005
    A packet-level traffic model of Starcraft
    DOI: 10.1109/HOT-P2P.2005.4
Alberto Dainotti1,*, Antonio Pescape1,*, Giorgio Ventre1
  • 1: University of Napoli "Federico II"
*Contact email: alberto@unina.it, pescape@unina.it


Starcraft is a popular real time strategy game that uses a peer-to-peer network communication model. In this paper we analyze its traffic and we provide a statistical characterization at packet-level obtained by varying the number of players. We examine the time dynamics between individual packets within a game session as well as the packet sizes. Also, we provide analytical models approximating the empirical distributions found, we study properties of the tails and of the auto-correlation function, and we investigate the presence of self-similarity. The results obtained show how traffic generated by such game has different characteristics from the traffic prevailing on the Internet in past years.