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I-D ACTION:draft-ludwig-tsvwg-tcp-eifel-alg-00.txt

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	Title		: The Eifel Algorithm for TCP
	Author(s)	: L. Reiner
	Filename	: draft-ludwig-tsvwg-tcp-eifel-alg-00.txt
	Pages		: 12
	Date		: 20-Nov-00
TCP's intertwined error and congestion control is not robust against
spurious timeouts nor is it robust against packet re-orderings. A
packet that is delayed in the network beyond the expiration of TCP's
retransmission timer, is mistaken for a packet loss by a TCP sender.
Also, a packet that is re-ordered in the network beyond TCP's
duplicate acknowledgment threshold, is eventually mistaken for a
packet loss by a TCP sender. Both situations lead to a spurious
retransmit of the oldest outstanding segment, and an unnecessary
reduction of the congestion window at the sender. Moreover, a
spurious timeout forces the sender into a go-back-N retransmission
mode leading to spurious retransmits of all outstanding segments.

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