Why is the internet traffic bursty in short time scales?

@inproceedings{Jiang2005WhyIT,
  title={Why is the internet traffic bursty in short time scales?},
  author={Hao Jiang and Constantinos Dovrolis},
  booktitle={SIGMETRICS},
  year={2005}
}
Internet traffic exhibits multifaceted burstiness and correlation structure over a wide span of time scales. Previous work analyzed this structure in terms of heavy-tailed session characteristics, as well as TCP timeouts and congestion avoidance, in relatively long time scales. We focus on shorter scales, typically less than 100-1000 milliseconds. Our objective is to identify the actual mechanisms that are responsible for creating bursty traffic in those scales. We show that TCP self-clocking… CONTINUE READING

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