[e2e] Packet reordering in Internet

Craig Partridge craig at aland.bbn.com
Tue Aug 11 16:09:31 PDT 2009

I don't think anyone's replicated the experiment that Bennett, Shectman
and I did back in 1999 ("Packet Reordering is Not Pathological Network
Behavior" in IEEE/ACM TON, Dec 1999).  I could be wrong.



> Hello,
> I was wondering if there are measurement studies of Internet traffic
> quantifying the magnitude of packet reordering within a TCP flow. Is
> reordering a common problem for TCP in the current Internet? How about
> the load balancing features in the routers from major vendors : is it
> per flow basis or per packet basis, and if flow based load balancing
> is done, then how is the flow classification is done these routers?
> What could be/are other sources of reordering withing a TCP flow?
> Thanks,
> Manish
Craig Partridge
Chief Scientist, BBN Technologies
E-mail: craig at aland.bbn.com or craig at bbn.com
Phone: +1 517 324 3425

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