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Internet service via broadband satellite networks
Author(s): Norman P. Butts; Vijay G. Bharadwaj; John S. Baras
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Paper Abstract

The demand for Internet bandwidth has grown rapidly in the past few years. A new generation of broadband satellite constellations promise to provide high speed Internet connectivity to areas not served by optical fiber, cable or other high speed terrestrial connections. However, using satellite links to supply high bandwidth has been difficult due to problems with inefficient performance of the Internet's TCP/IP protocols over heterogeneous network environments, especially networks containing satellite links. The end-to-end connection is split into segments, and the protocol on the satellite segment is optimized for the satellite link characteristics. TCP congestion control mechanisms are maintained on each segment, with some coupling between the segments to produce the effect of end- to-end TCP flow control. We have implemented this design and present results showing that using such gateways can improve throughput for individual connections by a large factor over paths containing a satellite link.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 January 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3528, Multimedia Systems and Applications, (22 January 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.337407
Show Author Affiliations
Norman P. Butts, Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications (United States)
Vijay G. Bharadwaj, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
John S. Baras, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3528:
Multimedia Systems and Applications
Andrew G. Tescher; Bhaskaran Vasudev; V. Michael Bove; Barbara Derryberry, Editor(s)

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