Title

TCP Hack: TCP Header Checksum Option to Improve Performance over Lossy Links

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2002

Abstract

In recent years, 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. In this paper, 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 selective acknowledgement (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.

Discipline

Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software Systems

Publication

Computer Networks

Volume

39

Issue

4

First Page

347

Last Page

361

ISSN

1389-1286

Identifier

10.1016/s1389-1286(01)00310-3

Publisher

Elsevier

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/s1389-1286(01)00310-3