Summary of network performance refs

Eric Cooper (
Mon, 26 Sep 88 10:45:55 -0400 (EDT)

A number of people asked for a summary of the responses to my request (about a
month ago) for references to performance studies of networking
implementations. Thank you to all who responded, and my apologies for the
delay in posting this.

                                                Eric Cooper
                                                Computer Science Department
                                                Carnegie Mellon University
First, let me recommend Jeff Mogul's ( excellent annotated
bibliography, which he distributed at SIGCOMM:

          ,author="Jeffrey C. Mogul"
          ,title="The Experimental Literature of the {Internet}: An Annotated
          ,type="Research Report"
          ,institution="DEC Western Research Laboratory"

And thanks to John Riedl ({ucbvax,decvax,hplabs}!purdue!riedl or
riedl@mordred.Purdue.EDU) for the following:
Here's a reference to measurements of UDP on Sun 3/50s:

        Author = "Bharat Bhargava and Tom Mueller and John Riedl",
        Title = "Experimental Analysis of Layered {E}thernet Software",
        BookTitle = "Proc of the ACM-IEEE Computer Society 1987
Fall Joint Computer Conference",
        Month = oct,
        Year = 1987,
        Address = "Dallas, Texas",
        Pages = "559--568"

Another paper I've co-authored contains measurements of two
multicasting implementations that we did (one a kernel-level
simulation, and one using Ethernet hardware multicast), and a
comparison of local-only communications methods with using UDP

        Author = "Bharat Bhargava and Enrique Mafla and John Riedl and
Bradley Sauder",
        Title = "Implementation and Measurements of an Efficient
Communication Facility for Distributed Database Systems",
        Institution = "Purdue University",
        Month = jun,
        Year = 1988,
        Number = "CSD-TR-783",
        Note = "Submitted for publication"

Lazowska et. al. discuss communications performance as a side issue:

        Author = "Edward D. Lazowska and John Zahorjan and David R.
Cheriton and Willy Zwaenepoel",
        Title = "File Access Performance of Diskless Workstations",
        Journal = tocs,
        Year = 1986,
        Month = aug,
        Volume = 4,
        Number = 3,
        Pages = "238--268"

Zwaenepoel implements blast, stop-and-wait, and sliding window data
transfer protocols on Suns. His measurements are non-standard in that
he avoids crossing the kernel/user boundary, but he has some
interesting things to say:

        Author = "Willy Zwaenepoel",
        Title = "Protocols for Large Data Transfers over Local
        BookTitle = "Proceedings of the 9th Data Communications
        Address = "Whistler Mountain, British Columbia, Canada",
        Month = sep,
        Year = 1985,
        Pages = "22--32"

I'm pretty sure that the V article in the March CACM makes some
mention of Unix datagram performance. At the least, I'm pretty sure
they mention a Unix implementation of VMTP:

        Author = "David R. Cheriton",
        Title = "The V Distributed System",
        Year = 1988,
        Month = mar,
        Volume = 31,
        Number = 3,
        Journal = cacm

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