Self-Organizing Wide-Area Network Caches
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A substantial fraction of all network traffic today comes from applications in which clients retrieve objects from servers. The caching of objects in locations "close" to clients is an important technique for reducing both network traffic and response time for such applications. In this paper we consider the benefits of associating caches with switching nodes throughout the network, rather than in a few hand-chosen locations. We also consider the use of various self-organizing or active cache management strategies for organizing cache content. We evaluate caching techniques using both simulation and a general analytic model for network caching. Our results indicate that in-network caching can make effective use of cache space. In particular, self-organizing caching schemes yield better average round-trip latencies than more traditional approaches, while requiring much smaller caches per node.