Experimental Evaluation of SUNOS IPC and TCP/IP Protocol Implementations
Progress in the field of high speed networking and distributed applications has led to the debate in the research community on suitability of existing protocols such as TCP/IP for emerging applications over high speed networks. Protocols have to operate in a complex environment comprising of various operating systems, host architectures, and a rapidly growing and evolving internet of large number of heterogeneous subnetworks. Thus, evaluation of protocols is definitely a challenging task and cannot be achieved by studying protocols in isolation. This paper presents results of a research project that was undertaken with the following objectives: 1) Characterization of the performance of TCP?IP protocols for communication intensive applications. Components to be studied include control mechanisms (such as flow and error control), per-packet processing, buffer requirements, and interaction with the operating system, by systematic measurement and extrapolation. 2) An attempt to investigate the scalability of existing protocols to future networks and applications.