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- An improved link model for window flow control and its application to FAST TCP
- Jacobsson, Krister; Andrew, Lachlan L. H.; Tang, Ao; Low, Steven H.; Hjalmarsson, Hakan
- This paper presents a link model which captures the queue dynamics in response to a change in a TCP source's congestion window. By considering both self-clocking and the link integrator effect, the model generalizes existing models and is shown to be more accurate by both open loop and closed loop packet level simulations. It reduces to the known static link model when flows' round trip delays are identical, and approximates the standard integrator link model when there is significant cross traffic. We apply this model to the stability analysis of FAST TCP including its filter dynamics. Under this model, the FAST control law is linearly stable for a single bottleneck link with an arbitrary distribution of round trip delays. This result resolves the notable discrepancy between empirical observations and previous theoretical predictions. The analysis highlights the critical role of self-clocking in TCP stability, and the proof technique is new and less conservative than existing ones.
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- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies. Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures
- IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 54, no. 3 (Mar 2009), pp. 551-564
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- 010204 Dynamical Systems in Applications; 080503 Networking and Communications
- Bottleneck link; FAST TCP; Stability; TCP
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- This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0303620, theWAN-in-Lab project, also supported by the Caltech Lee Center for Advanced Networking, and Cisco. This work is also supported by the Swedish Research Council, contract 621-2004-4695.
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