Update on buffer sizing in internet routers

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Update on buffer sizing in internet routers
In the past two years, several papers have proposed rules that suggest two to five orders of magnitude reduction in Internet core router buffers. Others present scenarios where buffer sizes need to be significantly increased. So why the different rules? In this paper we briefly compare the different results and proposals, and summarize some recent preliminary experiments to validate the proposals. We'll see that different results apply to different parts of the network, and depend on several assumptions. For example, we believe that buffers can be safely reduced by an order of magnitude in the routers in service provider backbone networks; but it would be premature to reduce them in routers closer to the edge. Categories and Subject Descriptors C.2 [Internetworking]: Routers General Terms Design, Performance, Theory Keywords TCP, buffer size, congestion control, all-optical routers
Yashar Ganjali, Nick McKeown
Added 11 Dec 2010
Updated 11 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2006
Where CCR
Authors Yashar Ganjali, Nick McKeown
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