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Online instructional applications, social networking sites, Wiki-based web sites, and other emerging web applications that rely on end users for the generation of web content are increasingly popular. However, these collaborative web applications are still absent from the benchmark suites commonly used in the evaluation of online systems. This paper argues that collaborative web applications are unlike traditional online benchmarks, and therefore warrant a new class of benchmarks. Specifically, request behaviors in collaborative web applications are determined by contributions from end users, which leads to qualitatively more diverse server-side resource requirements and execution patterns compared to traditional online benchmarks.
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