Phantom: a simple and effective flow control scheme

Y. Afec*, Y. Mansour, Z. Ostfeld

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This paper presents Phantom, a simple constant space algorithm for rate based flow control. As shown by our simulations, it converges fast to a fair rate allocation while generating a moderable queue length. While our approach can be easily implemented in ATM switches for managing ABR traffic, it is also suitable for flow control in TCP router based networks. Both the introduced overhead and the required modifications in TCP flow control systems are minimal. The implementation of this approach in TCP guarantees fairness and provides a unifying interconnection between TCP routers and ATM networks. The new algorithm easily inter-operates with current TCP flow control mechanisms and thus can be gradually introduced into installed based TCP networks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-182
Number of pages14
JournalComputer Communication Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 ACM SIGCOMM Conference on Applications, Technologies, Architectures, and Protocols for Computer Communications - Stanford, CA, USA
Duration: 26 Aug 199630 Aug 1996


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