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Network Traffic Measurements in a Switched Ethernet Environment

A. J. Field, Uli Harder, Peter G. Harrison

National Workshop Paper
UKPEW 2002
June, 2002
ISBN 0-9541000-1-8

We present new measurements of network traffic in a switched Ethernet system and file size/webserver request size distributions. We find that the distribution of packet rate changes can be well described by a (truncated) Cauchy distribution. Similarly, for the main contributors to the network traffic, file and web document requests, we can show that the distribution is similarly described by a (truncated) Cauchy distribution.

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