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Diagnosis and Control of Network Variability by MASS Servers

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Massively Accessed Scalable Servers (a.k.a. Mass servers) are popular Internet servers, which produce a substantial fraction of the traffic flowing through the network. Mass servers are uniquely positioned (a) to observe and diagnose network conditions by tracking the flows that they generate, and (b) to manage and control network resources by better regulating and scheduling the traffic they inject into the network. 

The MASS Research Group in the Department of Computer Science at Boston University is pursuing a number of projects to achieve these goals over a wide spectrum of time scales. Over shorter time scales, a Mass server can minimize packet loss by smoothing the (otherwise bursty) process of injecting packets into the network. Over longer time scales, a Mass server can perform aggregate congestion management by bundling like connections to avoid the burstiness that results from competition among flows.

A key component of the Mass Servers Research Group work is implementation and prototyping. To that end, members of the group are developing three key elements of  Mass Servers, namely: (1) Beacon: A collection of network measurement and diagnosis tools, (2) TurnPike: A collection of network management and control protocols and services, and (3) BackBay: A platform that supports the integration of Beacon and TurnPike functionality into a high-performance web server architecture.

The projects undertaken by the Mass Servers Research Group are funded partially through a NSF CISE/ANIR Special Projects in Networking Grant.


... because Web Servers are not created equal! 


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