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Re: reliable streams over UDP

    "Russell" == Russell Coker <russell@coker.com.au> writes:

    Russell> I want to be able to deal with asymetric links and
    Russell> end-points that change IP address so TCP won't work.

TCP works well with asymmetric data flows. I think you should consider
this carefully before dropping TCP for this reason.

For IP address changes I presume your application will require some
signaling to determine what the new IP addresses are? If so, be sure
to consider how much more expensive this is than setting up a new TCP
connection each time (three packets + slow start to get to max flow

In most applications I have found TCP is good enough. The only thing
TCP is very poor at dealing with is "head of line blocking." However
this is not a problem that is easily solved with UDP hacks either if
you actually do worry about congestion control and fairness.

I *am* second guessing you, but do think about it.

    Russell> Surely someone must have written something similar to TCP
    Russell> but implemented on top of UDP. 

Too many people have tried this ;-) Try SCTP, a recent attempt to deal
with the "reliable UDP" solution:


and for some implementations look around at


Good luck!


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