A proxy server experiment: An indication of the changing nature of the Web

Richard Howard, Bernard J. Jansen

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Abstract

With the growing reliance on connectivity to the World-Wide Web (Web), many organizations have been experiencing trouble servicing their users with adequate access and response time. Increase bandwidth on more connections to the Web can relieve the access problem, but this approach may not decrease the access time. Additionally, increase bandwidth comes at greatly increased cost. Therefore, many organizations have turned to the use of proxy servers. A proxy server is a Web server that caches Internet resources for re-use by a set of client machines. The performance increases of proxy servers has been widely reported; however, we could not locate any test of proxy server performance. Given the exponential growth of the Web in just the last year, we wondered if this would have an effect on the performance of proxy servers. Therefore, we conducted a 14-day proxy server experiment. The results of our experiment showed that the proxy servers actually decreased performance, i.e. access time. We review this experiment, analyze why the proxy server failed to decrease the access time, and draw conclusions on the changing nature of the Web and its impact on proxy servers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 7th International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, ICCCN 1998
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages646-649
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)0818690143, 9780818690143
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998
Event7th International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, ICCCN 1998 - Lafayette, United States
Duration: 15 Oct 199815 Oct 1998

Publication series

NameProceedings - 7th International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, ICCCN 1998
Volume1998-October

Other

Other7th International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, ICCCN 1998
CountryUnited States
CityLafayette
Period15/10/9815/10/98

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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Howard, R., & Jansen, B. J. (1998). A proxy server experiment: An indication of the changing nature of the Web. In Proceedings - 7th International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, ICCCN 1998 (pp. 646-649). [998824] (Proceedings - 7th International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, ICCCN 1998; Vol. 1998-October). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICCCN.1998.998824