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NetPIPE: A Network Protocol Independent Performance Evaluator
Quinn O. Snell,
Armin R. Mikler and
John L. Gustafson
Ames Laboratory/Scalable Computing Lab, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA
This paper presents the design of NetPIPE, a new Network Protocol
Independent Performance Evaluator. NetPIPE maps the performance of a network
across a wide range and presents the data in a new manner.
Its protocol independence allows for visualization of
the overhead associated with a protocol layer.
Using NetPIPE has led to the discovery of a deep plunge in ATM performance
transfer block sizes, which is examined in detail. The performance drop
is also shown to exist at certain block sizes for FDDI. Both aberrations are
not detected by other benchmarks.
Keywords Performance Analysis, Network, ATM, FDDI, Ethernet
was supported by the Applied Mathematical Sciences Program of the Ames
Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy under contract number W-7405-ENG-82
Fri Apr 5 12:14:32 CST 1996