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New types of specialized network applications are being created that need to be able to transmit large amounts of data across dedicated network links. TCP fails to be a suitable method of bulk data transfer in many of these applications, giving rise to new classes of protocols designed to circumvent TCP's shortcomings. It is typical in these high-performance applications, however, that the system hardware is simply incapable of saturating the bandwidths supported by the network infrastructure. When the bottleneck for data transfer occurs in the system itself and not in the network, it is critical that the protocol scale gracefully to prevent buffer overflow and packet loss.
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