JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATIONS (JCM)
ISSN : 1796-2021
Volume : 1    Issue : 7    Date : November/December 2006

CLog: Low Cost Gigabit Full Packet Logging
Chad D. Mano, Jeff Smith, Bill Bordogna, Andrew Matta, Dan Dugovic, and Aaron Striegel
Page(s): 17-23
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Abstract
Creating high quality network trace files is a difficult task to accomplish on a limited budget. High
network speeds may overburden an individual system running packet logging software such as
tcpdump, resulting in trace files with missing information and making analysis difficult or
incomplete. High end specialized systems may perform the job well, but may be out of reach due to
financial constraints. To that end, we developed the Cheap Logger (CLog) system which utilizes
inexpensive COTS hardware to create high quality, complete network trace files. A scalable
distributed storage system enables the CLog system to expand and continue to create high quality,
complete network data trace files even at extremely high data rates.

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