[e2e] Are Packet Trains / Packet Bursts a Problem in TCP?

Detlef Bosau detlef.bosau at web.de
Sat Sep 23 02:47:00 PDT 2006


I wonder, whether packet trains and / or bursts are a problem in TCP.

On the one hand, there is much literature that this is the case and much 
effort is being done on "smoothing" TCP traffic, e.g. AQM and pacing 

On the other hand, I frequently see papers where packed trains are 
created _intendedly_ for measurement purposes or throughput estimation.

This seems contradictory to me. So I wonder whether burstiness in TCP, 
or int the Internet in general, is a problem - or a buzz word.


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