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Empirical study of inter-arrival packet times and packet losses

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2 Author(s)
T. Kushida ; Tokyo Res. Lab., IBM Res., Kanagawa, Japan ; Y. Shibata

A packet switched network such as the Internet provides only the best-effort service for users. Recent studies of the characteristics of packet arrival on a packet switched network have shown a self-similar property with long-range dependence, and also show a heavy-tailed distribution. This paper investigates end-to-end performance of the Internet empirically. It focuses on the inter-arrival process of packets and the property of packet loss between end-to-end hosts. We show that both the inter-arrival process and loss events are self-similar with a long-range dependence property. The inter-arrival process of packets has a heavy-tailed distribution which sums up the difference of all queues in intermediate routers.

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Distributed Computing Systems Workshops, 2002. Proceedings. 22nd International Conference on

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