Networks will make possible many straightforward and significant economies. There will be problems such as loss of control, a potential lack of responsiveness to changing needs, and priority conflicts; but many of these problems have already been solved to a considerable degree.
—What Can Be Automated?The Computer Science and Engineering Research Study, National Science Foundation, 1980
Chapter Objectives: After studying this chapter, you should be able to
Present an overview of the major categories of packet traffic on the Internet and internets, including elastic, inelastic, and real-time traffic.