Characterizing End-Host Application Performance Across Multiple Networking Environments
Users today connect to the Internet everywhere - from home, work, airports, friend's homes, and more. This paper characterizes how the performance of networked applications varies across networking environments. Using data from a few dozen end-hosts, the authors compare the distributions of RTTs and download rates across pairs of environments. They illustrate that for most users the performance difference is statistically significant. They contrast the influence of the application mix and environmental factors on these performance differences.