The basic approach of protocol boosters is to increase protocol performance by dynamically avoiding any unnecessary protocol processing. Most existing approaches use the same protocol for all communications, and thus perform no protocol optimization. Other existing approaches determine the characteristics of the worst possible path between the transmitter and receiver and construct an appropriate protocol for this communication. Although this approach provides some optimization, it suffers from several drawbacks. One drawback is that optimization is based on the worst path, which may be considerably different from the average path. Another drawback is that the transmitter and receiver must somehow determine the characteristics of the paths between them, perhaps using a large database.
Protocol boosters work by dynamically optimizing the communication protocol. Each transmitter uses only as much protocol functionality as necessary to send data on its local network. As data travels through the network, protocol functionality is added as needed within the network itself. Thus, the minimum protocol functionality is used regardless of the path that the data travels. Protocols are carefully designed to minimize the amount of processing needed to add incremental protocol functionality. Despite the fact that protocol functionality is added by processors within the network, the protocol retains all of the characteristics associated with end-to-end protocols, such as robustness.
FreeBSD Protocol Boosters implementation:
Protocol Boosters support added to FreeBSD TCP/IP protocol stack. Software project by Alex Mallet and Jeffrey D. Chung ( software available).
VENUS: Virtual Environment Network Using
A large-scale application using Protcol Boosters. Software project by Sanjay Udani.
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