Speed measurements of residential Internet access

Speaker : Oana Goga
Date: 29/02/2012
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: LINCS Meeting Room 40


Preview of talk/ workshop at PAM 2012.

The spread of residential broadband Internet access is raising the question of how to measure Internet speed. We argue that available bandwidth is a key metric of access link speed. Unfortunately, the performance of available bandwidth estimation tools has rarely been tested from hosts connected to residential networks. This paper compares the accuracy and overhead of state-of-the-art available bandwidth estimation tools from hosts connected to commercial ADSL and cable networks. Our results show that, when using default settings, some tools underestimate the available bandwidth by more than 60%. We demonstrate using controlled testbeds that this happens because current home gateways have a limited packet forwarding rate.

Joint work with Renata Teixeira (UPMC Sorbonne Universite and CNRS, LIP6, Paris, France).