An Empirical Model of HTTP Network Traffic

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An Empirical Model of HTTP Network Traffic
The workload of the global Internet is dominated by the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), an application protocol used by World Wide Web clients and servers. Simulation studies of this environment will require a model of the traffic patterns of the World Wide Web, in order to investigate the performance aspects of this increasingly popular application. We have developed an empirical model of network traffic produced by HTTP. Instead of relying on server or client logs, our approach is based on gathering packet traces of HTTP network conversations. Through traffic analysis, we have determined statistics and distributions for higher-level quantities such as the size of HTTP items retrieved, the number of items per "Web page", think time, and user browsing behavior. These quantities form a model can then be used by simulations to mimic World Wide Web network applications in wide-area IP internetworks.
Bruce A. Mah
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Updated 26 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 1997
Authors Bruce A. Mah
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