Questions about Internet Packet Losses

Hank Nussbacher hank at
Tue Jan 14 06:50:43 UTC 1997

On Tue, 14 Jan 1997, William Allen Simpson wrote:
> > On Web throughput, since so many TCP connections are involved?
> The Web is actually a major source of the problem.  It was not very well
> designed, protocol-wise.  It causes rapid transient congestion.
> > How big a problem is HTTP's opening of so many TCP connections?
> It is a terrible problem.  There is no time for the congestion and round
> trip estimation algorithms to kick in, as each connection is so short.
> But, HTTP is being fixed.

Assuming HTTP traffic is 50%-60% of data traffic on the Internet, how much
of a win will we get once streaming HTTP comes along?

Hank Nussbacher

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