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On the properties of an additive increase rate accelerator

Psaras, I; Tsaoussidis, V; (2009) On the properties of an additive increase rate accelerator. COMPUT NETW , 53 (5) 583 - 595. 10.1016/j.comnet.2008.10.019.

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Abstract

We propose AIRA, an Additive Increase Rate Accelerator. AIRA extends AIMD functionality towards adaptive increase rates, depending on the level of network contention and bandwidth availability. In this context, acceleration grows when resource availability is detected by goodput/throughput measurements and slows down when increased throughput does not translate into increased goodput as well. Thus, the gap between throughput and goodput determines the behavior of the rate accelerator.We study the properties of the extended model and propose, based on analysis and simulation, appropriate rate decrease and increase rules. Furthermore, we study conditional rules to guarantee operational success even in the presence of symptomatic, extra-ordinary events. We show that analytical rules can be derived for accelerating, either positively or negatively, the increase rate of AIMD in accordance with network dynamics. Indeed, we find that the "blind", fixed Additive Increase rule can become an obstacle for the performance of TCP, especially when contention increases. Instead, sophisticated, contention-aware additive increase rates may preserve system stability and reduce retransmission effort, without reducing the goodput performance of TCP. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Type:Article
Title:On the properties of an additive increase rate accelerator
DOI:10.1016/j.comnet.2008.10.019
Keywords:TCP, Congestion control, Transmission scheduling, Flow contention, AIMD, Adaptive AIMD, Adaptive transmission, CONGESTION AVOIDANCE, TCP, SMOOTHNESS, ALGORITHMS, NETWORKS
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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