Matt Mathis' Papers and Citations

This page lists my papers and presentation. The most important ones have bold titles.

In progress (published drafts, in review and online resources)


  1. "Thinking about the big problem", Presentation to the Internet Congestion Control Research Group (ICCRG), May 20, 2009, Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan. [Slides PDF]

  2. "Relentless Congestion Control", Protocols for Large-Scale and Diverse Network Transports (PFLDNeT), May 21, 2009, Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan. [Paper PDF] [Slides PDF]

  3. Reflections on the TCP Macroscopic Model, Computer Communication Review, volume 39, number 1, Jan 2009. [PDF]

  4. With J. Heffner, P. O'Neil, P. Siemsen, "Pathdiag: Automated TCP Diagnosis", PAM 2008. [PDF paper] [PPT presentation]

  5. With J. Heffner, R. Raghunarayan, "TCP Extended Statistics MIB", Internet Standards Track RFC4898, May 2007. [RFC 4898]

  6. With J. Heffner, "Packetization Layer Path MTU Discovery", Internet Standards Track RFC4821, March 2007. [RFC 4821]

  7. "Effective Diagnostic Strategies for Wide Area Networks", presentation to I2 Performance Measurement Architecture Workshop, Dec 2003. [Hypertext slides]

  8. with J. Heffner, R. Reddy, "Web100: Extended TCP Instrumentation for Research, Education and Diagnosis" ACM Computer Communications Review, Vol 33, Num 3, July 2003. [Postscript] [PDF]

  9. "The Case for Raising the Internet MTU", Invited Nerd Lunch Presentation to Cisco Engineers, July 2003. [Hypertext slides] See also [MTU]

  10. "End-to-End Network Issues", Invited presentation to the "DOE Science Computing Conference 2003", June 19-20, 2003. [Hypertext slides]

  11. "Packetization Layer Path MTU Discovery" IETF BOF on PLPMTUD, 20 Mar 2003. [Hypertext slides] See also [better MTU discovery]

  12. with J Heffner, K Lahey, P O'Neil, F Templin "Packetization Layer Path MTU Discovery" IETF BOF to charter a WG. [Hypertext slides]

  13. "Path Maximum Transmission Unit Discovery (pmtud)" IETF PreWG, 20 Mar 2003. [Hypertext slides]

  14. with J. Heffner, R. Reddy, "Web100 Tools", Presentation to Miami Joint Techs, Feb 2003. [Hypertext slides]

  15. "Pushing up the Internet MTU", Presentation to Miami Joint Techs, Feb 2003. [Hypertext slides]

  16. with J. Heffner, R. Reddy, "Web100 Tools", Jan 2003. [hypertext slides]

  17. "TCP ESTATS MIB", Presentation to the 55th IETF TSVWG WG, Dec 2002. [Hypertext slides]

  18. "TCP Deconstructed", CalTech Seminar, 30 Oct 2002. [Hypertext slides]

  19. T. Dunigan, M. Mathis, and B Tierney, "A TCP Tuning Daemon", Supercomputing 2002, Oct 2002.

  20. "Web100 Status and Future Path", Presentation to the Web100 users group, Boulder CO, 1 Aug 2002. [Hypertext slides]

  21. V. Paxson, A. K. Adams, and M Mathis, "An Open Infrastructure For National Performance and Security Monitoring (NIMI)", 16 July 2002. [Hypertext slides]

  22. "What is the Future of TCP?", Invited panel, Inet 2002, 20 June 2002. [Hypertext slides]

  23. "Using web100 to Diagnose Internet Paths", 2 April 2002. [Hypertext slides]

  24. "Web100 Status and Impact", Presentation to End-to-end performance workshop, SC2001, 14 Nov 2001. [Hypertext slides]

  25. "Ten Gigabit Ethernet Research Questions", Presentation to the SDSC 10 Gigabit Ethernet Workshop, 19 Oct 2001. [Hypertext slides]

    This presentation bootstraped my interest in Ethernet MTU issues.

  26. Three presentations to the first Web100 Users Group Meeting, 24 July 2001 [Hypertext slides]

  27. With M. Allman, "A Framework for Defining Empirical Bulk Transfer Capacity Metrics", RFC3148, July 2001. [RFC3148]

  28. "Web100 Status and Impact to the network", Presentation to LSN, 10 July 2001. [Hypertext slides]

  29. "Web100 Status and Impact", Presentation to Joint Techs, 5 May 2001 [Hypertext slides]

  30. "Pushing up Performance for Everyone", Presentation to Cisco, Feb 2001. [Hypertext slides]

  31. "Pushing up User Performance", Presentation to JET, 20 Feb 2001. [Hypertext slides]

  32. With kc claffy "are raw bandwidth testbeds worth the investments", Presentation to the Extreme Networking Workshop, Jan 2001 [Hypertext slides]

  33. "Evaluating NGI Performance", invited presentation to the JET, Sep 2000. [PPT Slides]

  34. S. Floyd, J. Mahdavi, M. Mathis, M. Podolsky, "An Extension to the Selective Acknowledgment (SACK) Option for TCP", Internet Standards Track RFC2883, July 2000. [RFC 2883]

  35. "TReno Bulk Transfer Capacity", draft-ietf-ippm-treno-btc-03.txt (Internet-Draft expired June 2000) [text]

  36. "Pushing up Performance for Everyone", Presentation to Joint Techs, 5 Dec 1999, Miami FL. [PPT]
    This presentation was the first public use of the phrase "Wizard Gap".

  37. M. Mathis, J. Semke, J. Mahdavi, "The Rate-Halving Algorithm for TCP Control", Internet Draft: draft-mathis-tcp-ratehalving-00.txt, August, 1999, [Text] [Web page]

    Currently expired, after "Last Call" for IETF experimental standard RFC status.

  38. V. Paxson, J. Mahdavi, A. Adams, M. Mathis, "An Architecture for Large-Scale Internet Measurement", IEEE Communications 36(8), pp 48-54, August 1998. [Compressed PS]

  39. A. Adams, J. Mahdavi, M. Mathis, V. Paxson, "Creating a Scalable Architecture for Internet Measurement", Proceedings of INET'98, July 1998, Geneva, Switzerland. [Hypertext paper] [Hypertext slides]

  40. J. Semke, J. Mahdavi, M. Mathis, "Automatic TCP Buffer Tuning", ACM SIGCOMM '98/ Computer Communication Review, volume 28, number 4, October 1998. [Abstract] [Postscript] [Hypertext slides]

  41. V. Paxson, G. Almes, J. Mahdavi, M. Mathis, "Framework for IP Performance Metrics", RFC2330, May 1998. [RFC 2330]

  42. With J. Semke, J. Mahdavi, T. Ott, "The Macroscopic Behavior of the TCP Congestion Avoidance Algorithm", Computer Communication Review, volume 27, number 3, July 1997. [Abstract] [Postscript]

  43. With J. Mahdavi, S. Floyd, and A. Romanow, "TCP Selective Acknowledgment Options", RFC2018, October 1996. [RFC 2018]

  44. With J. Mahdavi, "Forward Acknowledgment: Refining TCP Congestion Control", Proceedings of SIGCOMM'96, August, 1996, Stanford, CA. [Abstract] [Postscript]

  45. Quoted in the August 1996 WIRED magazine (p109): "The Internet is like a freight train roaring along while people are laying tracks in front of it. It's not just gaining on those laying the tracks; it's gaining on the steel mills"

  46. Quoted in Gary H. Anthes, "ISP = Internet Service Problems", Computerworld, July 8, 1996. [Article]

  47. "Diagnosing Internet Congestion with a Transport Layer Performance Tool", Proceedings of INET'96, June, 1996, Montreal, Quebec. [Hypertext paper] [Slides]

  48. "Windowed Ping: An IP Layer Performance Diagnostic", Computer Networks and ISDN Systems 27, 449-459 (1994). (See below)

  49. "Windowed Ping: An IP Level Performance Diagnostic", Proceedings of INET'94, June 1994. [Postscript] [Abstract]

  50. With D. Lambert, C. Catlett, R. Moore, G. L. Huntoon, et al., "MetaCenter Networking: A White Paper", October, 1992.

  51. J. Mahdavi, G. L. Huntoon, M. B. Mathis, "Enhancements to a Heterogeneous Supercomputing Environment", Proceedings of the ISMM International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems, pp. 308-309, October, 1992.

  52. R. Butler, B. Chinoy, M. Hallgren, G. Hastings, G. Huntoon, P. Love, M. Mathis, and P. Zawada, "The NSF Supercomputing Centers' joint response to the Request for Public Comment ... next generation of the NSFnet.", August 3, 1992.

  53. J. Mahdavi, G. L. Huntoon, M. B. Mathis, "Deployment of a HIPPI-based Distributed Supercomputing Environment at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center", Proceedings of the Workshop on Heterogeneous Processing, pp. 93-96, March 1992.

  54. With Nydick et al, "An AFS Based Mass Storage System at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center", 11th IEEE Symposium on Mass Storage Systems, October 7-19 1991, Monterey, CA.

  55. J. C. Honig, D. Katz, M. Mathis, Y. Reckhter and J. Y. Yu, "Applications of the Border Gateway Protocol in the Internet", RFC1164, June 1990. [RFC 1164]

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