As broadband Internet grows in popularity, it is important to determine if improvements can be made to broadband hardware and TCP. Motorola captured three hours of traffic from a cable network, which we analyzed to identify trends that may lead to optimizations in Motorola's hardware. We found that TCP-SACK provides a performance increase and recommend its further deployment. We also found that peer-to-peer applications account for a large portion of Internet traffic and suggest measures that may be taken to address this change.
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