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CowboyRobot writes "Jim Gettys at Bell Labs makes the case that the Internet is in danger of collapse due to 'bufferbloat', "the existence of excessively large and frequently full buffers inside the network"
Part of the blame is due to overbuffering; in an effort to protect ourselves we make things worse. But the problem rusn deeper than that.
Gettys solution is AQM (active queue management) which is not deployed as widely as it should be.
"We are flying on an Internet airplane in which we are constantly swapping the wings, the engines, and the fuselage, with most of the cockpit instruments removed but only a few new instruments reinstalled. It crashed before; will it crash again?""

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Bufferbloat: Dark Buffers in the Internet

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