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Revisiting the Fair Queuing Paradigm for End-to-End Congestion Control

By Arnaud Legout and Ernst W. Biersack


Today, the dominant paradigm for congestion control in the Internet is based on the notion of TCP friendliness. To be TCP-friendly, a source must behave in such a way as to achieve a bandwidth that is similar to the bandwidth obtained by a TCP flow that would observe the same round-trip time (RTT) and the same loss rate. However, with the success of the Internet comes the deployment of an increasing number of applications that do not use TCP as a transport protocol. These applications can often improve their own performance by not being TCP-friendly, which severely penalizes TCP flows. To design new applications to be TCP-friendly is often a difficult task. The idea of the Fair Queuing (FQ) paradigm as a means to improve congestion control was first introduced by Keshav. While Keshav made a fundamental step toward a new paradigm for the design of congestion control protocols, he did not formalize his results so that his findings could be extended for the design of new congestion control protocols. We make this step and formally define the FQ paradigm as a paradigm for the design of new end-to-end congestion control protocols. This paradigm relie

Year: 2014
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