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How do you (not how do I) calculate 95th percentile?
I am wondering what other people are doing for 95th percentile calculations these days. Not how you gather the data, but how often you check the counter? Do you use averages or maximums over time periods to create the buckets used for the 95th percentile calculation? A lot of smaller folks check the counter every 5 min and use that same value for the 95th percentile. Most of us larger folks need to check more often to prevent 32bit counters from rolling over too often. Are you larger folks averaging the retrieved values over a larger period? Using the maximum within a larger period? Or just using your saved values? This is curiosity only. A few years ago we compared the same data and the answers varied wildly. It would appear from my latest check that it is becoming more standardized on 5-minute averages, so I'm asking here on Nanog as a reality check. Note: I have AboveNet, Savvis, Verio, etc calculations. I'm wondering if there are any other odd combinations out there. Reply to me offlist. If there is interest I'll summarize the results without identifying the source. -- Jo Rhett senior geek SVcolo : Silicon Valley Colocation