Congestion Control in Computer Networks
- As delay increases, performance decreases.
- If delay increases, retransmission occurs, making situation worse.
- Leaky Bucket Algorithm
- When host wants to send packet, packet is thrown into the bucket.
- The bucket leaks at a constant rate, meaning the network interface transmits packets at a constant rate.
- Bursty traffic is converted to a uniform traffic by the leaky bucket.
- In practice the bucket is a finite queue that outputs at a finite rate.
- Token bucket Algorithm
- In regular intervals tokens are thrown into the bucket. ƒ
- The bucket has a maximum capacity. ƒ
- If there is a ready packet, a token is removed from the bucket, and the packet is sent.
- If there is no token in the bucket, the packet cannot be sent.
Ways in which token bucket is superior to leaky bucket:
The leaky bucket algorithm controls the rate at which the packets are introduced in the network, but it is very conservative in nature. Some flexibility is introduced in the token bucket algorithm. In the token bucket, algorithm tokens are generated at each tick (up to a certain limit). For an incoming packet to be transmitted, it must capture a token and the transmission takes place at the same rate. Hence some of the busty packets are transmitted at the same rate if tokens are available and thus introduces some amount of flexibility in the system.
Formula: M * s = C + ρ * s
where S – is time taken
M – Maximum output rate
ρ – Token arrival rate
C – Capacity of the token bucket in byte
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