A critique of recently proposed buffer-sizing strategies

G. Vu-Brugier, R. S. Stanojevic, D. J. Leith, R. N. Shorten

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Internet router buffers are used to accommodate packets that arrive in bursts and to maintain high utilization of the egress link. Such buffers can lead to large queueing delays. Recently, several papers have suggested that it may, under general circumstances, be possible to achieve high utilisation with small network buffers. In this paper we review these recommendations. A number of issues are reported that question the utility of these recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-47
Number of pages5
JournalComputer Communication Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007



  • Buffer provisioning
  • Link utilisation
  • TCP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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