Mark Allman / ICSI @mallman_icsi

Mark Allman. A Web Server's View of the Transport Layer. ACM Computer Communication Review, 30(5), October 2000.


This paper presents observations of traffic to and from a particular World-Wide Web server over the course a year and a half. This paper presents a longitudinal look at various network path properties, as well as the implementation status of various protocol options and mechanisms. In particular, this paper considers how World-Wide Web clients utilize TCP connections to transfer web data; the deployment of various TCP and HTTP options; the range of round-trip times observed in the network; packet sizes used for WWW transfers; the implications of the measured advertised window sizes; and the impact of using larger initial congestion window sizes. These properties/mechanisms and their implications are explored. An additional goal of this paper is to provide information to help researchers better simulate and emulate realistic networks.


    author   =        "Mark Allman",
    title    =        "{A Web Server's View of the Transport Layer}",
    journal  =        "Computer Communications Review",
    year     =        2000,
    volume   =        30,
    number   =        5,
    pages    =        "10--20",
    month    =        oct,
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