[e2e] pointers to pitfalls of using FTP to test network performance?
touch at ISI.EDU
Wed Feb 27 14:06:46 PST 2008
Amy Wang wrote:
> I am trying to collect a list of issues using FTP or windows file
> transfer to measure network performance in local area network setting. I
> would appreciate if anyone can guide me to the proper papers and
> internet links,
If you're trying to measure packet performance, you might try a packet
generation tool, like netperf or iperf:
If you are trying to measure the performance of transferring a file, FTP
is a reasonable choice. Testing from a Windows system is useful when
that's the application you're trying to measure, but you'll probably get
better results from FTP - even to Windows hosts.
However, I think you're asking more about the pitfalls in trying to use
application performance to measure network performance, which basically
translates into "how do I make my apps use the network well" - for that
purpose, Matt Mathis' work at PSC would be useful to consult:
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