Measurement and Improvement of the Delay of SCTP Multihoming Path Switch

  • Kuang-Yuan Tung
  • Richard Chun-Hung Lin
  • Ying Chih Lin
  • Yu-Hsiu Huang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 157)


SCTP multihoming feature has been widely exploited to develop schemes for mobile host handoff, e.g., mSCTP. However, there is no research work on the measurement of path switch delay in practical SCTP implementations. In this paper, we consider the possible case of SCTP path switch delay on common Linux system testbed with SCTP implementation.Our experiment demonstrates that many packets are blocked in the duration of path switch, where the delay usually results from the timeout/retransmission trial process. And we propose an approach to intelligently bypass retransmission phase without modifying the SCTP protocol. The experiment results show that the path switch delay can be significantly reduced and has no negative impact on the whole performance.


Mobile Host Vertical Handover Stream Control Transmission Protocol Switch Delay Handoff Delay 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kuang-Yuan Tung
    • 1
  • Richard Chun-Hung Lin
    • 1
  • Ying Chih Lin
    • 1
  • Yu-Hsiu Huang
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringNational Sun Yat-Sen UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan, R.O.C
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and Information EngineeringCheng Shiu UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan, R.O.C

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