Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

4-2001

Abstract

Wireless networks have become increasingly common and an increasing number of devices are communicating with each other over lossy links. Unfortunately, TCP performs poorly over lossy links as it is unable to differentiate the loss due to packet corruption from that due to congestion. We present an extension to TCP which enables TCP to distinguish packet corruption from congestion in lossy environments resulting in improved performance. We refer to this extension as the HeAder ChecKsum option (HACK). We implemented our algorithm in the Linux kernel and performed various tests to determine its effectiveness. Our results have shown that HACK performs substantially better than both SACK and NewReno in cases where burst corruptions are frequent. We also found that HACK can co-exist very nicely with SACK and performs even better with SACK enabled

Keywords

Linux kernel, NewReno, SACK, TCP HACK, TCP header checksum option, algorithm, burst corruption, client-server network, congestion, lossy links performance, mobile computing, packet corruption, wireless networks

Discipline

Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software and Cyber-Physical Systems

Publication

INFOCOM 2001: Proceedings of 20th Annual Joint Conference on Computer Communications, 22-26 April 2001, Anchorage, Alaska

First Page

309

Last Page

318

ISBN

9780780370166

Identifier

10.1109/INFCOM.2001.916713

Publisher

IEEE

City or Country

Piscataway, NJ

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/INFCOM.2001.916713

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