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In the last few years, several different mesh network architectures have been conceived by both industry and academia; however, many issues on the deployment of efficient and fair transport protocols are still open. One of these issues is rate adaptation, that is, how to allocate the network resources among multiple flows, while minimizing the performance overhead. In order to address this problem, in this paper, the authors first define an analytical framework for a very simple topology. The model allows them to study the performance of an adaptive and responsive transport protocol when the effect of the lower layers is ignored. The mathematical approach alone does not represent a feasible solution, but it contributes to determining the strengths and weaknesses of their proposal.
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