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An adaptive packet size approach to TCP congestion control Wilson, Steven


This thesis investigates the ability for TCP, the dominant transport protocol used in the Internet, to fairly allocate bandwidth to all competing sources under conditions of severe congestion. The conditions necessary for such congestion are quite common, and we have observed that the TCP congestion control algorithm does a poor job of balancing the bandwidth fairly among competing flows. We present a potential solution to this problem by using a variable maximum segment size in TCP. We show the benefits gained by doing this along with some of the problems encountered in the course of this work.

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