A Multi-Path Transport Protocol to Exploit Network Diversity in Airborne Networks

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Executive Summary

Airborne links are playing an increasingly important role in defense and military scenarios. This makes it important to investigate the performance of existing transport protocols over such links. Airborne links experience high variation in quality due to mobility, weather and other effects such as blockage. This translates to high loss rate environments for which current protocols are not designed. Consequently, the standard protocols fail to deliver high data rates. In prior work, the authors presented Loss-Tolerant TCP (LT-TCP) which is designed for such airborne links.

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