Networking

A Hands-On Assessment of Transport Protocols With Lower Than Best Effort Priority

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Executive Summary

Last year, the official BitTorrent client switched to LEDBAT, a new congestion control algorithm targeting a lower-than Best Effort transport service. In this paper, the authors study this new protocol through packet-level simulations, with a special focus on a performance comparison with other lower-than Best Effort protocols such as TCP-LP and TCP-NICE: their aim is indeed to quantify and relatively weight the level of Low-priority provided by such protocols. Their results show that LEDBAT transport generally achieves the lowest possible level of priority, with the default configurations of TCP-NICE and TCP-LP representing increasing levels of aggressiveness.

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