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Moser, D; Cano, E; Racz, P (2010). Secure large file transfer over multiple network paths. In: 12th IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2010), Osaka, Japan, 19 April 2010 - 23 April 2010, 777-792.

Abstract

The transfer of very large files often faces the problem of performance degradation due to bottlenecks or congestions in a network. Large file transfer is typical in Grid networks [11], where multiple nodes cooperate and run a common application. To improve the performance of large file transfer and to reduce the transfer time, this paper proposes a new file transfer application, called Secure Large File Transfer (SLFT) that supports file transfer over multiple independent network paths. For this purpose, SLFT uses Grid nodes as relays in order to route traffic to the destination. The described problem may also be solved on a lower layer of the OSI model; however, given the high heterogeneity of Grid environments, implementing the required mechanisms on layer 2 or 3 might not be feasible due to the inherent differences between the i volved ISP domains. Taking the approach to the application layer, makes possible to create a generic mechanism able to operate over the different possible underlying communication infrastructure [12]. The SLFT application has been implemented as a part of the GINTONIC toolbox, a set of Grid-specific network enhancements developed under the EC-GIN project [5]. In Grid networks nodes are geographically distributed, several administrative domains may be involved, and the communication is in a potentially hostile environment, the transfer of files involves several security threats which are addressed by the security architecture design of the SLFT application. This paper presents the design and implementation details of the SLFT application, focusing on the necessary security features. Based on practical experiences and evaluation in a test-bed, the performance of the SLFT application has been assessed. Evaluation results show that SLFT can improve the performance thanks to parallel transfer over multiple network paths.

Abstract

The transfer of very large files often faces the problem of performance degradation due to bottlenecks or congestions in a network. Large file transfer is typical in Grid networks [11], where multiple nodes cooperate and run a common application. To improve the performance of large file transfer and to reduce the transfer time, this paper proposes a new file transfer application, called Secure Large File Transfer (SLFT) that supports file transfer over multiple independent network paths. For this purpose, SLFT uses Grid nodes as relays in order to route traffic to the destination. The described problem may also be solved on a lower layer of the OSI model; however, given the high heterogeneity of Grid environments, implementing the required mechanisms on layer 2 or 3 might not be feasible due to the inherent differences between the i volved ISP domains. Taking the approach to the application layer, makes possible to create a generic mechanism able to operate over the different possible underlying communication infrastructure [12]. The SLFT application has been implemented as a part of the GINTONIC toolbox, a set of Grid-specific network enhancements developed under the EC-GIN project [5]. In Grid networks nodes are geographically distributed, several administrative domains may be involved, and the communication is in a potentially hostile environment, the transfer of files involves several security threats which are addressed by the security architecture design of the SLFT application. This paper presents the design and implementation details of the SLFT application, focusing on the necessary security features. Based on practical experiences and evaluation in a test-bed, the performance of the SLFT application has been assessed. Evaluation results show that SLFT can improve the performance thanks to parallel transfer over multiple network paths.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:23 April 2010
Deposited On:27 Jul 2010 07:25
Last Modified:07 Feb 2017 08:22
Publisher:IEEE
Series Name:IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium
ISSN:1542-1201
ISBN:978-1-4244-5366-5 (P) 978-1-4244-5367-2 (E)
Additional Information:© 2010 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1109/NOMS.2010.5488373

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