An efficient flow control approach for TCP over wireless networks

Salahuddin Muhammad Salim Zabir, Ahmed Ashir, Norio Shiratori

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    Abstract

    Recently, mobile and wireless devices are being incorporated to the Internet at a rapid pace. This initiates the need for optimizing major applications to perform satisfactorily over wireless links. TCP performance over wireless networks is affected by high link errors, low bandwidth and large delay. Existing well established solutions like the Eifel algorithm, TCP I&RW, TCP SACK and D-SACK attempt to address these issues. However, Eifel or TCP I&RW suffer from ACK losses, while TCP SACK or D-SACK introduce overhead in addition to failure in the presence of multiple packet loss. In this paper, we propose a scheme that overcomes the above problems by introducing a concept of indirect acknowledgment. We name this scheme as TCP IACK. Our proposal exploits TCP timestamp option as an additional identifier to TCP segments for the purpose. Furthermore, it deploys one padding byte following TCP timestamp option to recover from ACK loss. Our proposal is therefore, lightweight, more efficient and robust than existing approaches. We also verify these performance implications through experiments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)341-360
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Circuits, Systems and Computers
    Volume13
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004 Apr

    Keywords

    • Eifel algorithm
    • Mobile internet
    • QoS
    • TCP I&RW
    • TCP IACK
    • TCP SACK

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Hardware and Architecture

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