A dynamic priority approach to reducing delay in interactive TCP connections

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Many interactive applications require continuous user interaction, for example ssh and many web applications like online games. The TCP connections created by these applications are in a class called interactive. When interactive applications suffer from packet loss, packet retransmission time severely increases the user perceived delay. This work introduces a Dynamic Priority RED Queue (DPRQ) algorithm that dynamically changes the priority of queues instead of dropping packets when the interactive queue is overloaded. The algorithm reduces the user perceived delay by reducing packet loss in interactive TCP connections. The DPRQ is compared to an existing Class-Based Queue which incorporates RED (RCBQ) as would typically be used for Assured Forwarding. An analytical model of the DPRQ and RCBQ is presented with both experimental and analytical results. The DPRQ is found to decrease packet loss by up to eight times and therefore provide a lower user perceived delay even though queuing delay is increased by up to five times.

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