Performance Testing of Wide Area Networks

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


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 | Information Technology (IT) | Computer networks | Standards and codes | Parameters (statistics)

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