[e2e] Small packets - Definition needed..

Christian Huitema huitema at windows.microsoft.com
Tue Mar 27 16:27:22 PDT 2007

> Dah Ming Chiu wrote:
> > A natural reason for discussing "small" vs "large" packets is
> concerned
> > with the packet header overhead, as several people suggested.  For
> Yes. There is a tradeoff between packet lenght and header size. That´s
> well known.

There is another dimension, besides overhead. It has to do with queue management and you of course now that the Internet is made of a big collection of tubes through which the information flows. The packet size affects how your packets are going to flow in "the tubes". Small packets flow like sand, big ones like rocks.

-- Christian Huitema

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