Multipath Protocol for Delay-Sensitive Traffic

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Executive Summary

Delay-sensitive Internet traffic, such as live streaming video, Voice over IP, and multimedia teleconferencing, requires low end-to-end delay in order to maintain its interactive and streaming nature. In recent years, the popularity of delay-sensitive applications has been rapidly growing. This paper provides a protocol that minimizes the end-to-end delay experienced by inelastic traffic. The authors take a known convex optimization formulation of the problem and use an optimization decomposition to derive a simple distributed protocol that provably converges to the optimum. Through the use of multipath routing, the protocol can achieve optimal load balancing as well as increased robustness.

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