The MultiStream Protocol: A Highly Flexible High-Speed Transport Protocol

Thomas F. La Porta, Mischa Schwartz

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This paper presents a transport layer protocol designed to meet the wide-ranging needs of high-speed applications. The protocol is feature-rich, yet since it is designed to be implemented on parallel processors, it maintains the ability to deliver high performance. A unique feature of this protocol is that its behavior, defined by a set of functions, may be modified dynamically over the life of a connection without loss of reliable data transfer. This property makes the protocol extremely attractive for supporting applications, such as multimedia applications, that require different protocol support for different portions of their traffic streams. The protocol has been verified to reliably deliver data, manage connections, and contain no deadlocks or loops. A parallel architecture for implementing the protocol has also been verified. Analysis of a skeleton implementation shows that the protocol has the potential to receive data at a rate of over 150 kpackets/s if 10-MIPS processors are used in the implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-530
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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