How do you (not how do I) calculate 95th percentile?

Alex Rubenstein alex at
Wed Feb 22 20:24:09 UTC 2006

(I did this fast, and, who knows; I could be off my an order or two of 

> Most people are using 64 bit counters. This avoids the wrapping problem 
> (assuming you don't have 100GE and poll more then once every 5 years :-)).

2^64 is 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 bytes.

100 GE (100,000,000,000 bits/sec) is 12,500,000,000 bytes/sec.

It would take 1,475,739,525 seconds, or 46.79 years for a counter wrap.

Alex Rubenstein, AR97, K2AHR, alex at, latency, Al Reuben
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