Title: Avoiding Network Capacity Collapse
Published: May 2001
Authors: John Kristoff
Abstract: A number of educational institutions were taken by surprise when an easy to use MP3 file sharing ap­ plication called Napster quickly arose to make use of all available Internet capacity. Many institutions have been using various techniques to manage their Internet capacity more pro­actively since the first file sharing applications became available. Some insti­ tutions simply banned the use of such applications while others did nothing. Still other institutions al­ tered various network configurations and tried new products from vendors to adjust tra#c usage in one form or another. This paper briefly details some of the various technical solutions that might be used to pro­actively manage Internet capacity as well as some of the potential pitfalls in each case.
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