BAIMD: A responsive rate control for TCP over Optical Burst Switched (OBS) networks

Basem Shihada*, Pin Han Ho, Fen Hou, Xiaohong Jiang, Susumu Horiguchi, Minyi Guo, Hussein Mouftah

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Additive Increase Multiplicative Decrease (AIMD) window adjustment mechanism has been embedded in TCP in order to regulate the transmission rate in modern communication networks. In recent years, the AIMD (1,0.5) traffic regulation mechanism along with possibly additional enhancements, such as false timeout detection and explicit notification, has been considered in the carriers with Optical Burst Switching (OBS) as the underlying transmission technology. This paper introduces a novel rate control mechanism based on Generalized AIMD (α,β), called Burst AIMD (BAIMD), for tuning the rate control parameters (α, β) at each sender. BAIMD is designed to improve throughput while maintaining friendliness with co-existing AIMD (1,0.5) flows, and is characterized in the following two folds: (1) no burst window is required in the TCP sender's level; (2) no explicit notifications are required. The above characteristics make the proposed scheme distinguished from all the past reported counterparts by minimizing the signalling efforts and control complexity. The simulation result shows that BAIMD can solidly outperform the past reported AIMD-based (1,0.5) rate control schemes under a wide range of traffic loads. We also suggest that BAIMD rate control mechanism may serve as a better choice than AIMD (1,0.5) in the bufferless OBS networks due to its dynamic and flexible (α,β) parameter pair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2006 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2006
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1424403553, 9781424403554
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event2006 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2006 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Jul 11 2006Jul 15 2006

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)0536-1486


Other2006 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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