Fractals Reemerge in the New Math of the Internet

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Science  25 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5385, pp. 1947-1948
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5385.1947

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Traffic on the Internet has unpredictable bursts of activity over many time scales. This fractal behavior, which is totally unlike that of telephone service in which call length varies only modestly so that over time the fluctuations smooth out, has implications for network engineering.