[lug] Traceroute question

Sean Reifschneider jafo at tummy.com
Wed Dec 13 16:52:03 MST 2000

On Wed, Dec 13, 2000 at 04:35:04PM -0700, D. Stimits wrote:
>passengers would win the effectiveness...throughput. DSL 114kb is only a
>measure of throughput; it downloads large amounts of data quickly, but a
>small data packet on DSL might suck compared to a small packet on ISDN,
>or even a 56k modem.

Much of the latencies with a modem come from the modulation, demodulation,
and other latencies involved with turning the actual bytes to send into
the sounds that get transmitted over the phone lines.  Things like how
long it takes to fill up the error detection and correction buffers and
all that...  That old "9 women can have a baby in one month" thing.
A 53k modem can send 53000 bits in a second, but it can't send one
bit in 1/53,000th of a second.

IDSL should have comperable latencies to ISDN and DSL -- 200ms is definitely
unusual.  Van Jacobson believes that humans start noticing lag at around
400ms -- that's halfway there...

 Bush says the election should be finished soon for the good of the people.
 He's 350,000 popular votes behind, why doesn't he concede?
Sean Reifschneider, Inimitably Superfluous <jafo at tummy.com>
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