Hey, why don’t we just turn off that pesky congestion control…

Alex Cannara loves to push those “why don’t we just turn off that pesky congestion control” papers my way. I think he does it just to annoy me. Which is correct, because I can’t imagine ever getting such a paper approved. But, as Britney likes to say, “Oops, they did it again…”.

It seems like every other CS grad student thinks he can get away with “disabling of TCP’s congestion control” and suddenly he’s solved the problem of congestion. Or, to put it in medical terms – it isn’t the disease, it’s the treatment. Everything is wonderful if you just stop treating the condition – even if the patient dies? Very much like a physics student thinking he’s gotten around energy conservation, when he doesn’t get what total energy of a system means, and wow, he’s invented a perpetual motion machine.

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