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Authors Nicolas Kuhn  , Gorry Fairhurst  , John Border  , Stephan Emile 
Last updated 2020-10-30
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QUIC has been designed for use across Internet paths. Initial designs of QUIC focused on common deployment scenarios for web traffic. This document focuses on the performance when using a path with a large Bandwidth-Delay Product (BDP). A large BDP path can result from using a satellite communication (SATCOM) system. The BDP is also high for paths where a satellite network segment is combined with other network technologies (Ethernet, cable modems, WiFi, cellular, radio links, etc), resulting in more complex characteristics. These path characteristics have implications on the efficiency of the network traffic and unless considered in a design can impact the end-to-end quality of experience by the transport service. This memo identifies the characteristics of a SATCOM link that impact the operation of the QUIC transport protocol. It proposes regression tests to evaluate QUIC over SATCOM links. It discusses how to ensure acceptable protocol performance.


Nicolas Kuhn (nicolas.kuhn@cnes.fr)
Gorry Fairhurst (gorry@erg.abdn.ac.uk)
John Border (border@hns.com)
Stephan Emile (emile.stephan@orange.com)

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