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Re: running summary on caching

  • From: Robert E. Seastrom
  • Date: Tue Jun 30 18:52:52 1998

   From: "Peter Berger" <peterb@ncne.org>

   It's worth noting that as pipes get bigger and faster, caching
   assumes a greater, not lesser, importance.  Higher bandwidth
   and constant latency means a greater bandwidth-delay product,
   and a corresponding degradation in performance.  Caching is
   just as much about local replication to reduce latency as it is
   about "conserving bandwidth."

Particularly when a large proportion of the stacks out there perform
very poorly under the prevailing conditions in today's Internet with
its medium-to-high, jittery latencies and occasional to frequent
packet loss (cough, cough, Redmond, cough).  Far better to use a proxy
on a platform like BSD that at least doesn't have an egg-sucking TCP
implementation.

                                        ---Rob






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