Web Traffic Logs: An Imperfect Resource for Evaluation

Conference Paper (11 pages)
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B. D. Davison


Replaying or simulation using web traffic logs are common methods of evaluating proxy caches. Request traces are also used to characterize typical web workloads. Unfortunately, most common, publicly available request logs have serious deficiencies because of what is omitted from the logs. In this paper we enumerate a number of these deficiencies and examine the benefits of more complete logs. Additionally, we investigate some of the additional insights available from logs containing full content, and how they might apply to content-based prefetching proxies.

Published in the Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Conference of the Internet Society (INET'99), San Jose, June 22-25, 1999.

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