TCP behavior with many flows

@inproceedings{Morris1997TCPBW,
  title={TCP behavior with many flows},
  author={Robert Tappan Morris},
  booktitle={ICNP},
  year={1997}
}
TCP's ability to share a bottleneck fairly and efficiently decreases as the number of competing flows increases. This effect starts to appear when there are more flows than packets in the delay-bandwidth product. In the limit of large numbers of flows, TCP forces a packet loss rate approaching 50%, causing delays that users are likely to notice. TCP’s minimum congestion window of one packet is the source of these problems: it causes a few flows to send too fast while the rest wait in… CONTINUE READING
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