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Performance modelling and evaluation of firewall architectures for multimedia applications

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Publication date1/05/2004
Host publicationNetworking 2004: Networking Technologies, Services, and Protocols; Performance of Computer and Communication Networks; Mobile and Wireless Communications Third International IFIP-TC6 Networking Conference Athens, Greece, May 9–14, 2004, Proceedings
EditorsNikolas Mitrou, Kimon Kontovasilis, George N. Rouskas, Illias Iliadis, Lazaros Merakos
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783540246930
ISBN (Print)9783540219590
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Firewalls are a well-established security mechanism to restrict the traffic exchanged between networks to a certain subset of users and applications. In order to cope with new application types like multimedia applications, new firewall architectures are necessary. The performance of these new architectures is a critical factor because Quality of Service (QoS) demands of multimedia applications have to be satisfied. We show how the performance of firewall architectures for multimedia applications can be determined. A model is presented which can be used to describe the performance of multimedia firewall architectures. This model can be used to dimension firewalls for usage with multimedia applications. In addition, we present the results of a lab experiment, used to evaluate the performance of a distributed firewall architecture and to validate the model.