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2008
ACM

An SLA perspective on the router buffer sizing problem

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An SLA perspective on the router buffer sizing problem
In this paper, we discuss recent work on buffer sizing in the context of an ISP's need to offer and guarantee competitive Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to its customers. Since SLAs specify the performance that an ISP guarantees to its customers, they provide critical context for many configuration and provisioning decisions and have specific relevance to buffer sizing. We use a controlled laboratory environment to explore the tradeoffs between buffer size and a set of performance metrics over a range of traffic mixtures for three different router designs. Our empirical study reveals performance profiles that are surprisingly robust to differences in router architecture and traffic mix and suggests a design space within which buffer sizing decisions can be made in practice. We then present a preliminary approach for making buffer sizing decisions within this framework that relates directly to performance and provisioning requirements in SLAs.
Joel Sommers, Paul Barford, Albert G. Greenberg, W
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where SIGMETRICS
Authors Joel Sommers, Paul Barford, Albert G. Greenberg, Walter Willinger
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