Improve TCP Performance over ATM-UBR with Fuzzy Early Discard Scheme

YoonTze CHIN  Shiro HANDA  Fumihito SASAMORI  Shinjiro OSHITA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E86-B   No.6   pp.1978-1990
Publication Date: 2003/06/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Network
TCP,  fuzzy logic,  limited switch buffers,  FED,  EPD,  P-RED,  ECD/SPD,  efficiency,  fairness,  scalability,  

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A new fuzzy logic-based buffer management scheme (BMS) called fuzzy early detection (FED) is presented to improve transmission control protocol (TCP) performance over the unspecified bit rate (UBR) service of asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) networks. FED uses early congestion detection and selective packet discard (ECD/SPD) strategies to achieve its design goals, and adopts early packet discard (EPD) to prevent frequent buffer overflows. Two variants of FED are constructed for comparison purposes. FED performance is then evaluated against those of its variants, pure EPD and P-random early detection (P-RED) through various simulations. The effects of TCP implementation, TCP maximum segment size (MSS), network's propagation delay (PD) and switch buffer size (SBS) on their performances are studied. The overall result shows that FED is superior to the other BMSs when the criteria of efficiency, fairness, scalability and switch buffer requirement are considered collectively.