NETWORK WORLD NEWSLETTER: NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY UPDATE
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* HS-TCP is an update of TCP that reacts better when using large
congestion windows on high-bandwidth, high-latency networks
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HOW WILL YOU HANDLE YOUR GROWING NETWORK LOAD?
InfiniBand, EtherFabric and iWarp are all high-speed
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High-speed TCP eases LAN congestion
By Mark Day
TCP sometimes gets a bad rap because of the way its
congestion-control algorithm hunts for bandwidth haphazardly and
backs off conservatively at any sign of congestion. A properly
tuned TCP implementation running over a well-engineered network
can readily achieve throughputs of up to 100M bit/sec, even with
very high latencies. But beyond 100M bit/sec in a typical
high-latency environment, performance starts to degrade.
However, there is an elegant and easily implemented fix in a
protocol enhancement called High-speed TCP (HS-TCP ). HS-TCP is
an update of TCP that reacts better when using large congestion
windows on high-bandwidth, high-latency networks.
Documented in IETF RFC-3649 , HS-TCP has experimental status
rather than being on a standards track. Nevertheless, it is
stable and useful, and is likely to be incorporated into future
standards - just as with previous successful experimental
modifications to TCP.
* A window into the problem
TCP allows applications to communicate reliably over unreliable
IP packet networks and permits sharing of network bandwidth
across connections in a roughly fair fashion. It does so by
having each TCP sender dynamically adjust its transmission
window, which represents the maximum amount of unacknowledged
data that can be in transit in the network at any given time.
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