Growth Trends in Wide-Area TCP Connections

Vern Paxson, LBL

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Content Summary

The paper summarizes observed growth trends with data points taken over a 3- year period of TCP traffic in and out of LBL. A few interesting rules of thumb emerge from the analysis:

Relevance to Multimedia

Distributed multimedia apps rely on long-haul packet-switched networks, often for close-to-real-time data delivery (e.g. MBONE video). We can't hope to design such services without a good understanding of the traffic patterns these apps will encounter over a WAN.


5 out of 5: IMHO exposed many interesting dualities between network capacity vs. traffic and system performance vs. offered load. The lessons to be drawn from each are similar and should guide us in network design.
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