Re: Well done Sprint!

From: Ex-Support Wench (no email)
Date: Thu Nov 13 1997 - 19:32:15 EST

What do y'all think of pathchar *as it is now*? How reliable is it for
determining actual _available bandwidth_? I thought according to VJ,
CAIDA, Cisco and even the NSF it was "way-alpha"?

Steve Blair wrote:
>well, one could get Van Jacobson's pathchar, and learn the
>true capacity that way. I could care less what *theoretical
>bandwidth* is available, when customers complain. I want to
>know what bandwidth *is available*, and pathchar goes a very
>long way towards that end.
>link labelling could be arguably silly, if you're basing your
>determination on a competetitor's labels, you could
>get some unusual surprises IMHO...
>steve c blair tivoli systems inc
>"Why can't we blast them onto someone else's property?"
>'Vadim Antonov writes...'
>**> There's no use in promoting corporate paranoia at the expense of
>**> engineering cooperation. It is like butcheing the hen which lays
>**> the golden eggs. Knowing link capacity was useful (while it lasted)
>**> to get the idea of what is more likely to be dropping packets
>**> on the floor when customers complained.

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