Performance Testing of Wide Area Networks

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by David R. Wortendyke, U.S. Dep of Commerce, United States,
Margaret H. Morris, U.S. Dep of Commerce, United States,
David J. Atkinson, U.S. Dep of Commerce, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: University Programs in Computer-Aided Engineering, Design, and Manufacturing:

Abstract: Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) has developed a software measurement system to support the ANSI standards X3.102 and X3.141. This system is being used to evaluate data communication system performance over wide area networks. After a short test of a few minutes, a preliminary characterization of the system parameters may be computed. Of the 17 primary parameters defined by the standard, this characterization includes 9 that relate to bit and block transfer characteristics. A second test with multiple accesses and disconnections would provide information about the remaining eight parameters that relate to access and disengagement.

Subject Headings: Communication systems | Computer software | Parameters (statistics) | Standards and codes | Data processing | Information management | Computer networks |

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