[e2e] TCP ex Machina

Joe Touch touch at isi.edu
Thu Jul 25 14:22:16 PDT 2013

FWIW, I've been concerned about a number of proposed "extensions" to 
TCP, either to optimize it for DNS (TCP-CT) or for Google (various).

My concern is because these optimizations sidestep my view of the 
primary goal of TCP as described below.


On 7/25/2013 2:00 PM, Joe Touch wrote:
> On 7/21/2013 11:35 PM, Fred Baker (fred) wrote:
>> But I think maximizing throughput while minimizing the probability of
>> loss is probably the holy grail.
> It also depends on whether you measure that as an individual or as a group.
> I tend to think of TCP as supporting the most participants having
> reliable communication as a primary goal, and a secondary goal to
> maximize (though not optimize) the aggregate data per unit time --
> subject to the primary goal.
> I.e., it's not about max BW for a given connection, and it also almost
> never means minimizing the transfer time for a single connection.
> Joe

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