TCP VON: Joint Congestion Control and Online Network Coding for Wireless Networks

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Executive Summary

In this paper, the authors propose TCP Vegas with online network coding (TCP VON), which incorporates online network coding into TCP. It is shown that the use of online network coding in transport layer can improve the throughput and reliability of the end-to-end communication. Compared to generation based network coding, in online network coding, packets can be decoded consecutively instead of generation by generation. Thus, online network coding incurs a low decoding delay. In TCP VON, the sender transmits redundant coded packets when it detects packet losses from acknowledgement. Otherwise, it transmits innovative coded packets. They establish a Markov chain to analytically model the average decoding delay of TCP VON.

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