Re: bandwidth considerations of ftp vs http

Karl Auerbach (
Fri, 16 Sep 1994 18:45:31 +0200

> It has been impressed upon me many times that http is, despite the debate
> about keeping connections alive, more efficient than ftp. This is
> obvious for small files - FTP opens two virtual circuits comapred to
> HTTP's one. But is this the case for large files? Is there a difference
> to serving >500K files via http and ftp?

Not that this is directly germain to your comment, but one way that
would improve performance of both http and ftp would be if IP
implementations would make use of MTU discovery. It is still the case
that many Suns (and similar beasts from other vendors) still use an
MTU of about 560 when sending off the local subnet.