Mark Allman / ICSI @mallman_icsi

Craig Partridge, Dennis Rockwell, Mark Allman, Rajesh Krishnan, James Sterbenz. A Swifter Start for TCP. Technical Report No. 8339, BBN Technologies, March 2002.


While TCP is capable of adapting its data rate to almost any capacity, it has long been known that TCP takes a long time to achieve full data rates on paths with high capacity (especially links with long delays, e.g. satellite links). In this paper we present a new way for TCP to estimate available network capacity and swiftly scale its transmission rate at the start of a TCP connection. While the method does estimate capacity, as predicted by prior simulation [12], the limited studies reported in this paper suggest it performs slightly worse than regular TCP over a low-delay modest-bandwidth Internet path.


    author      =        "Craig Partridge and Dennis Rockwell and Mark Allman and Rajesh Krishnan and James Sterbenz",
    title       =        "{A Swifter Start for TCP}",
    institution =        "BBN Technologies",
    year        =        2002,
    number      =        "TR-8339",
    month       =        mar,
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