On the Fractal Nature of WWW and Its Application to Cache Modeling
de Oliveira, Adriana
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Citation (published version)Almeida, Virgilio; Oliveira, Adriana. "On the Fractal Nature of WWW and Its Application to Cache Modeling", Technical Report BUCS-1996-004, Computer Science Department, Boston University, February 5, 1996. [Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/1581]
The World Wide Web (WWW or Web) is growing rapidly on the Internet. Web users want fast response time and easy access to a enormous variety of information across the world. Thus, performance is becoming a main issue in the Web. Fractals have been used to study fluctuating phenomena in many different disciplines, from the distribution of galaxies in astronomy to complex physiological control systems. The Web is also a complex, irregular, and random system. In this paper, we look at the document reference pattern at Internet Web servers and use fractal-based models to understand aspects (e.g. caching schemes) that affect the Web performance.