[e2e] Number of persistent connections per HTTP server?

Joe Touch touch at ISI.EDU
Sun Oct 13 11:04:47 PDT 2002

Micah Beck wrote:
> Interesting - kind of a little bonus to proxies as a reward for violating
> end-to-end.
> Seriously though folks, this raises an issue as to whether overlay networks,
> multicast infrastructures and other mechanisms that deal with aggregate
> communication on behalf of some community should be allowed to use network
> resources in a way that would be considered unfair if a single-user
> application behaved that way.

TCP _assumes_ per-connection is the definition of fair. That's incorrect 
when fair doesn't map to 'per connection'. Striping, pipelining, 
overlays, caching, etc. all examine areas of the design space where 
per-connection deliberately doesn't map to per-user or per-application.

As you pointed out, enforcement is hard, but so is finding a policy to 


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