Efficient and Accurate Ethernet Simulation
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Wang, Jia; Keshav, Srinivasan
The Internet is increasingly being called upon to provide different levels of service to different applications and users. A practical problem in doing so is that although Ethernet is one of the hops for nearly all communication in the Internet, it does not provide any QoS guarantees. A natural question, therefore, is the effect of offered load on Ethernet throughput and delay. In this paper, we present several techniques for accurately and quickly modeling the behavior of a heavily loaded Ethernet link. We first present a distributed approach to exact simulation of Ethernet, which eliminates sophisticated collision detection. Then, we describe an efficient distributed simulation model, called Fast Ethernet Simulation, that empirically models an Ethernet link to quickly and accurately simulate it. By eliminating the implementation of CSMA/CD protocol, our approach reduces computational complexity drastically while still maintaining desirable accuracy. Performance results show that our techniques not only add very little overhead (less than 5 in our tests) to the basic cost of simulating an Ethernet link, but also closely match real-world mesurements. We also present efficient techniques for compressing cumulative distributions using hyperbolic curves and for monitoring the load on a heavily-loaded link.
computer science; technical report
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