HTTP Interactions with TCP

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Parag Pruthi, Ajit K. Jena, Adrian Popescu
Title: HTTP Interactions with TCP
Conference name: The 11th ITC Specialist Seminar
Year: 1998
City: Yokohama, Japan
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: Dept. of Telecommunications and Mathematics (Institutionen för telekommunikation och matematik)
Dept. of Telecommunications and Mathematics S-37179 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: In this paper we describe our simulation models for evaluating end-to-end performance of HTTP transactions. We first analyze several gigabytes of collected traffic traces from a production Frame Relay network. Using these traces we extract web traffic and analyze the server web pages accessed by actual users. We analyze over 25000 web pages and develop a web client/server interaction model based upon our analysis of many server contents. We make specific contributions by analyzing the popularity of web servers and the number of bytes transferred from them during a busy hour. We also compute the distribution of the number of embedded items within a web document. We then use these models to drive a network simulation and show the interactions between the TCP/IP flow control and retransmission mechanism on source parameters. One of our important contributions has been to show that the Hurst parameter is robust with regard to TCP/IP flow and error control. Using the simulation studies we show that the distribution of end-to-end application message delay has a heavy-tail distribution and we discuss how these distributions arise in the network context.
Subject: Computer Science\Networks and Communications
Telecommunications\Modelling of Bursty Traffics
Keywords: Traffic measurement and modeling, HTTP, TCP, traffic self-similarity