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Characteristics of WWW Client-based Traces

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dc.contributor.author Cunha, Carlos R. en_US
dc.contributor.author Bestavros, Azer en_US
dc.contributor.author Crovella, Mark E. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-20T04:32:19Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-20T04:32:19Z
dc.date.issued 1995-07-18 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2144/1571
dc.description.abstract The explosion of WWW traffic necessitates an accurate picture of WWW use, and in particular requires a good understanding of client requests for WWW documents. To address this need, we have collected traces of actual executions of NCSA Mosaic, reflecting over half a million user requests for WWW documents. In this paper we describe the methods we used to collect our traces, and the formats of the collected data. Next, we present a descriptive statistical summary of the traces we collected, which identifies a number of trends and reference patterns in WWW use. In particular, we show that many characteristics of WWW use can be modelled using power-law distributions, including the distribution of document sizes, the popularity of documents as a function of size, the distribution of user requests for documents, and the number of references to documents as a function of their overall rank in popularity (Zipf's law). Finally, we show how the power-law distributions derived from our traces can be used to guide system designers interested in caching WWW documents. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Boston University Computer Science Department en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries BUCS Technical Reports;BUCS-TR-1995-010 en_US
dc.title Characteristics of WWW Client-based Traces en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US


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