On the Constancy of Internet Path Properties
Many Internet protocols and operational procedures use measurements to guide future actions. This is an effective strategy if the quantities being measured exhibit a degree of constancy: that is, in some fundamental sense, they are not changing. In this paper the authors explore three different notions of constancy: mathematical, operational, and predictive. Using a large measurement dataset gathered from the NIMI infrastructure, they then apply these notions to three Internet path properties: loss, delay, and throughput. The aim is to provide guidance as to when assumptions of various forms of constancy are sound, versus when they might prove misleading.