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A Best-Case Network Performance Model

Bellovin, Steven Michael

Network performance measures usually focus on average throughput. We, however, were concerned with best-case behavior: how fast could a packet traverse the network if there were no contention for resources. By subtracting the path time to a node from the path time through the node, we were able to develop a simple best-case delay model. This model was sensitive enough to determine the board-level configuration of a router 750 miles away.

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Computer Science
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June 29, 2010