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Abstrac(We demonstrate that Ethernet LAN traffic is statistically se~-simi/ar, that none of the commonly used traffic models is able to capture this fra([al-like behavior, that such behavior has serious implications for the design, control, and analysis of high-speed, cell-based networks, and that aggregating streams of such traffic typically intensifies(More)
We demonstrate that Ethernet local area network (LAN) traffic is statistically <i>self-similar,</i> that none of the commonly used traffic models is able to capture this fractal behavior, and that such behavior has serious implications for the design, control, and analysis of high-speed, cell-based networks. Intuitively, the critical characteristic of this(More)
This paper examines the phenomenon of congestion in order to better understand the congestion management techniques that will be needed in high-speed, cell-based networks. The first step of this study is to use high time-resolution local area network (LAN) traffic data to explore the nature of LAN traffic variability. Then, we use the data for a(More)
The interconnection of local area networks is increasingly important, but little data are available on the characteristics of the aggregate traffic that LANs will be submitting to the interconnection media. In order to understand the interactions between LANs and the proposed interconnection networks (MANs, WANs, and BISDN networks), it is necessary to(More)
The goal of the Touring Machine project is to provide a reliable and extensible software platform that supports independently-developed distributed multimedia applications. The project includes an experimental testbed composed of a network of desktop video and audio devices controlled via user workstations. Touring Machine is more than a research testbed;(More)
The Touring Machine project comprises a series of systems experiments that address key technica l questions important to realizing a public communications infrastructure in support of multimedi a applications. One of the major design objectives is to create a software infrastructure tha t investigates potential uses of modern distributed-computing paradigms(More)