How to identify the speed limiting factor of a TCP flow

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    Abstract

    This thesis develops a method for identifying the speed limiting factor of a TCP flow. Five factors are considered: the receive window, the send buffer, the network and two kinds of application layer factors. Criteria for recognizing each factor based on TCP header information are put forward. These criteria result in percentages that can be used as a measure of the impact of each of the factors on a flow. As we will see, different limitation percentages need a different interpretation, which is discussed at the end of this report.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEnschede
    PublisherUniversity of Twente
    Number of pages76
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2005

    Keywords

    • Internet
    • Speed Limiting Factors
    • Network measurements
    • EWI-20918
    • TCP

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