Re: Protocol Benchmarking (with Accept examples - long) (Henning G. Schulzrinne)
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Date: Wed, 2 Feb 94 20:39:21 EST
From: (Henning G. Schulzrinne)
Subject: Re: Protocol Benchmarking (with Accept examples - long)
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To add some very basic performance numbers:
- each cross-country round-trip will take a delay of 60 ms or more
  (example: ping times from here on the East coast to the West coast
  from and to well-connected sites are on the order of 100 ms).

- a 1 KByte packet will take 8 ms of transmission time on each
  1 Mb/s (T1) hop, without any queueing. Take an example:

  ping (round-trip) time from to
  56 bytes:   about 100 ms
  1000 bytes: about 190 ms

The arithmetic is thus fairly straightforward: if you need more than
two even tiny packets (on average) to do the job of one monster
packet, you lose. The calculation gets worse with high-latency
firewalls or transatlantic connections in the middle. For slow
links, clearly, things look somewhat different; there is no
universally best strategy. 

Henning Schulzrinne