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

rick jones perfgeek at mac.com
Mon Sep 25 18:45:00 PDT 2006

On Sep 25, 2006, at 7:20 AM, Craig Partridge wrote:

> Hi Detlef:
> Yes burstiness matters.
> Some background reading:
>     * Jacobson's original TCP paper.  And, if you can find them on-line
>       some of the IETF talks before and after.  The early TCP was
>       bursty -- indeed, it retransmitted bursts.  The effects were 
> awful.
>       Plenty of operational measurements to prove it.

Maybe I'm trying to pick a nit, but was the underlying problem that it 
was bursty in the initial transmission, or was the underlying problem 
really that it continued to retransmit the bursts, without any (IIRC) 
exponential backoff?

rick jones
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