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TCP-Friendly Rate Control with Token Bucket for VoIP Congestion Control

Maldonado, Miguel; Baset, Salman Abdul; Schulzrinne, Henning G.

TCP Friendly Rate Control (TFRC) is a congestion control algorithm that provides a smooth transmission rate for real-time network applications. TFRC refrains from halving the sending rate on every packet drop, instead it is adjusted as a function of the loss rate during a single round trip time. TFRC has been proven to be fair when competing with TCP flows over congested links, but it lacks quality-of-service parameters to improve the performance of real-time traffic. A problem with TFRC is that it uses additive increase to adjust the sending rate during periods with no congestion. This leads to short term congestion that can degrade the quality of voice applications. We propose two changes to TFRC that improve the performance of VoIP applications. Our implementation, TFRC with Token Bucket (TFRC-TB), uses discrete calculated bit rates based on audio codec bandwidth usage to increase the sending rate. Also, it uses a token bucket to control the sending rate during congestion periods. We have used ns2, the network simulator, to compare our implementation to TFRC in a wide range of network conditions. Our results suggest that TFRC-TB can provide a quality of service (QoS) mechanism to voice applications while competing fairly with other traffic over congested links.



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Academic Units
Computer Science
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
Columbia University Computer Science Technical Reports, CUCS-043-05
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April 21, 2011