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Satellite has been identified as a potential candidate to meet the explosive Internet demand and to evolve the global Internet services. With a view to combat channel errors predominant in satellite based networks, TCP with Adaptive Flow Control and Delayed Fast Recovery (TCP-AFC) has been designed to identify a random loss with the help of selective acknowledgments. TCP-AFC has demonstrated significant performance enhancement in error prone environments through simulations and experiments on an active emulated network. In order to substantiate the improvement, the authors investigate the performance of TCP-AFC in a real environment consisting of a Ku band satellite link, which is more susceptible to atmospheric conditions.
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