A number of new variants of TCP have been proposed that allow bulk-transfer TCP connections to more efficiently utilize high bandwidth links. However, there is concern that if these variants are deployed on a wide scale, they will adversely impact the performance of the global Internet. There is no consensus on how to evaluate these new TCP variants to ensure that they are safe for widespread deployment. This workshop brings together prominent researchers working in this area to discuss these issues.
We have two specific goals. First, we hope to receive feedback from the participants about Microsoft’s proposed high-speed TCP variant (called CTCP). Second, we will discuss recent results related to testing of these protocols and try to come up with common guidelines about how such protocols should be tested prior to Internet-wide deployment. Ideally, such guidelines will be formalized after further discussion at IETF/IRTF/ICCRG.