latency vs. packet loss

Jon Zeeff jzeeff at
Wed Jan 13 21:18:04 UTC 1999

How well does latency correlate to packet loss on the Internet?  For 
example, if one were to pick one of several randomly placed sites on 
the net based on lowest latency to/from point x, what percentage of 
this time would this also yield the site with the lowest packet loss 
to/from point x?  My guess is that the correlation is high (due to 
typical buffer sizes).  

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