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Analysis and modeling of World Wide Web traffic for capacity dimensioning of Internet access lines
Author(s): Masahiko Nabe; Masayuki Murata; Hideo Miyahara
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Paper Abstract

A study on traffic characteristics of the Internet is essential to design the Internet infrastructure. In this paper, we first characterize WWW (World Wide Web) traffic based on the access log data obtained at four different servers. We find that the document size, the require inter- arrival time and the access frequency of WWW traffic exhibit heavy-tail distributions. Namely, the document size and the request inter-arrival time follow log-normal distributions, and the access frequency does the Pareto distribution. For the request inter-arrival time, however, an exponential distribution becomes adequate if we are concerned with the busiest hours. Based on our analytic results, we next build an M/G/1/PS queuing model to discuss a design methodology of the Internet access network. The accuracy of our model is validated by comparing with the trace-driven simulation. We then show that the M/G/1/PS model can be utilized to estimate the access line capacity for providing high-quality document transfer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 October 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3231, Performance and Control of Network Systems, (10 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.290400
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Masahiko Nabe, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Masayuki Murata, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Hideo Miyahara, Osaka Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3231:
Performance and Control of Network Systems
Wai Sum Lai; Hisashi Kobayashi, Editor(s)

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