Client and server sources emulate the request and response traffic processes from typical Web browsers and servers. The client object initiates a variable length request; after a random processing time, the server responds with a random number of connections of varying length. After a random viewing time (called "think time"), the client then issues another request. Empirical distributions dictate the various random quantities. The HTTP behavior is similar to HTTP/1.0. This package is intended to provide background traffic for other simulations and is not intended for detailed study of HTTP dynamics themselves.
Click here to download the HTTP traffic generator (52K) (last updated September 15 1998).