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FavorQueue: A parameterless active queue management to improve TCP traffic performance

Anelli, Pascal and Diana, Rémi and Lochin, Emmanuel FavorQueue: A parameterless active queue management to improve TCP traffic performance. (2014) Computer Networks, 60. 171-186. ISSN 1389-1286

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bjp.2013.11.008


This paper presents and analyzes the implementation of a novel active queue management (AQM) named FavorQueue that aims to improve delay transfer of short lived TCP flows over best-effort networks. The idea is to dequeue packets that do not belong to a flow previously enqueued first. The rationale is to mitigate the delay induced by long-lived TCP flows over the pace of short TCP data requests and to prevent dropped packets at the beginning of a connection and during recovery period. Although the main target of this AQM is to accelerate short TCP traffic, we show that FavorQueue does not only improve the performance of short TCP traffic but also improves the performance of all TCP traffic in terms of drop ratio and latency whatever the flow size. In particular, we demonstrate that FavorQueue reduces the loss of a retransmitted packet, decreases the number of dropped packets recovered by RTO and improves the latency up to 30% compared to DropTail. Finally, we show that this scheme remains compliant with recent TCP updates such as the increase of the initial slow-start value.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. This article can be found at Computer Networks website: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00134686
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de La Réunion (FRANCE)
Other partners > Laboratoire de recherche en télécommunications spatiales et aéronautiques - TéSA (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:28 Nov 2013 11:06

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