AIMD-FC: Additive Increase Multiplicative Decrease - Fast Convergence
A. Lahanas and V. Tsaoussidis



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Abstract:

Additive Increase Multiplicative Decrease (AIMD) is the dominant algorithm for congestion avoidance and control in the Internet. The major goal of AIMD is to achieve fairness and efficiency in allocating resources. In the context of packet networks, AIMD attains its goal partially. We exploit here a property of AIMD-based data sources to share common knowledge, yet in a distributed manner; we use this as our departing point to achieve better efficiency and faster convergence to fairness.
Our control model is based on the assumptions of the original AIMD algorithm; we show algebraically that both efficiency and fairness can be improved without entailing any performance tradeoff. We present experimental results with TCP that match the expectations of our theoretical analysis.