May 26, 2018

Self-scaling network benchmark

NetPIPE is a protocol independent performance tool that encapsulates the best of ttcp and netperf and visually represents the network performance under a variety of conditions. By taking the end-to-end application view of a network, NetPIPE clearly shows the overhead associated with different protocol layers. Netpipe answers such questions as how soon will a given data block of size k arrive at its destination? Which network and protocol will transmit size k blocks the fastest? What is a given network’s effective maximum throughput and saturation level? Does there exist a block size k for which the throughput is maximized? How much communication overhead is due to the network communication protocol layers? How quickly will a small < 1 kbyte control message arrive, and which network and protocol are best for this purpose?

For a paper fully describing NetPIPE and sample investigation of network performance issues using NetPIPE, see the homepage.

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