Network Flow and Congestion Control
Published Online: 15 SEP 2008
Copyright © 2007 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering
How to Cite
Eryilmaz, A. 2008. Network Flow and Congestion Control. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. 1–8.
- Published Online: 15 SEP 2008
This article provides an overview of flow and congestion control in communication networks. After emphasizing the importance of these mechanisms for performance and fairness, a taxonomy of flow and congestion control mechanisms is provided. Most common congestion control mechanisms that are being used in today's networks are discussed. Finally, recent developments that yield a mathematical framework for the design and analysis of flow and congestion control mechanisms are summarized. The statements are supported with simple examples and intuitive arguments to improve clarity.
- congestion control;
- flow control;
- transport control protocol (TCP);
- window-based congestion control;
- network utility maximization;
- cross-layer design;
- scheduling-routing-congestion control