MCTCP: A Multipath Transport Shim Layer

Provided by: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Topic: Mobility
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Multipath transport protocols enable the concurrent use of different paths and resource pooling of their capacity. Ongoing research and standardization activities extend the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) towards a Multipath TCP solution. The objective is to aggregate multiple subflows between two endpoints into a single session that can be accessed by an application like a single TCP connection. This paper presents and evaluates Multi-Connection TCP (MCTCP) as a new multipath transport solution. MCTCP consists of a shim layer on top of several TCP connections and encodes control information, as far as possible, in their payload.

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