Packet level accounting in IP routers?

Barry Shein (
Sun, 17 Apr 88 23:43:58 EST

>Are there any MBAs or business school students who need a good meaty
>research area out there?????

I agree wholeheartedly. As much as people like to tell themselves they
understand the issues I honestly think this is the kind of thing for
which professionals exist who can perhaps raise the level of the
discussion beyond "is not" -- "is too".

There are several models to look at (utility, infrastructure etc.)

Just wandering around the machine room with a meter and wondering
where to stick it is not the obvious answer. There are good reasons,
for example, that you are not charged for every use of the road you
drive on to go to the corner grocer but instead the costs are built
into a larger structure.

At the very least it would be interesting to hear what the goals are
that people expect to accomplish with their proposed chargeback
models, it's nice to have explicit goals and see if the models
actually achieve them.

        -Barry Shein, Boston University

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