[e2e] What's wrong with this picture?

Detlef Bosau detlef.bosau at web.de
Fri Sep 11 11:07:03 PDT 2009

Lloyd Wood wrote:
> On 11 Sep 2009, at 16:29, David P. Reed wrote:
>> Scott Bradner told me that it is common for ISPs to write contracts 
>> to layer 2 equipment vendors that state "Never drop packets".
> We wrote RFC3366, which says "don't do that."
> L.
Hm. I think, particularly Dave will agree when I say we should pursue 
_short_ transmission times and rather should leave a packet undelivered 
than do excessive retransmissions.

This is one reason why I think that the (often claimed "strong") 
difference between congestion drop and corruption drop is a bit academic 
and theoretic.

Is it possible, that we encounter a combination of excessive buffering, 
excessive retransmission and volative path conditions here?


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