Congestion Control Mechanism for TCP with Packet Pair Scheme

Yoshifumi NISHIDA  Osamu NAKAMURA  Jun MURAI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E82-D   No.4   pp.854-862
Publication Date: 1999/04/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Internet Technology and Its Applications)
TCP,  congestion control,  packet pair,  rate control,  asymmetric link,  

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Congestion Control Scheme of TCP/IP protocol suite is established by Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). Using the self-clocking scheme, TCP is able to maintain a quick optimum connection status for the network path, unless it is given an excessive load to carry to the network. However, in wide area networks, there are some obstructive factors for the self-clocking scheme of TCP. In this paper, we describe the obstructive factors for the self-clocking scheme. We propose a new congestion control scheme using a packet pair scheme and a traffic-shaping scheme. In combining these schemes with TCP, new TCP options and a modification for TCP congestion control algorithms are added. Using our scheme, TCP is able to maintain smooth self-clocking. We implemented this scheme on a network simulator for evaluation. Compared with normal TCP, this scheme was demonstrated to be over 20% more efficient in symmetric communication and over 40% more efficient in asymmetric communication.