Measurement and Analysis of HTTP Traffic

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Yogesh Bhole, Adrian Popescu
Title: Measurement and Analysis of HTTP Traffic
Journal: Journal of Network and Systems Management
Year: 2005
Volume: 13
Issue: 4
Pagination: 357-371
ISSN: 1064-7570
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., Formerly Kluwer Academic Publishers B.V.
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Telecommunication Systems (Sektionen för teknik – avd. för telekommunikationssystem)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: The usage of Internet is rapidly increasing and a large part of the Internet traffic is generated by the World Wide Web (WWW) and the associated protocol HiperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Several important parameters that affect the performance of the WWW are bandwidth, scalability and latency. To tackle these parameters and to improve the overall performance of the system, it is important to understand and to characterize the application level characteristics. This article is reporting on the measurement and analysis of HTTP traffic collected on the student access network at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden. The analysis is done on various HTTP traffic parameters, e.g., inter-session timings, inter-arrival timings, request message sizes, response code and number of transactions. The reported results can be useful for building synthetic workloads for simulation and benchmarking purposes.
Subject: Computer Science\Networks and Communications
Telecommunications\Modelling of Bursty Traffics
Keywords: World Wide Web, HyperText Transfer Protocol, Performance, Service Level Agreement