Networking

TCPMoon: Monitoring the Diffusion of TCP Congestion Control Variants in the Internet

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Executive Summary

TCP congestion control mechanism has a critical impact on the Internet stability and performance. In relatively recent times, a number of novel TCP congestion control variants, such as TCP BIC, CUBIC and Compound, started to be deployed in modern operating systems. While risks and benefits of these recent developments are subject of debate, the research and engineering communities need to monitor the extent to which each of these novel TCP congestion control variants is actually used in regulating Internet traffic, and this information, due to the complex, diverse, and decentralized nature of the Internet, is very difficult to obtain.

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