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Journal of Inforamtion Science and Engineering, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 349-364 (May 2000)

Design and Analysis of Traffic Control for
Guaranteed Services on the Internet

Pi-Chung Wang, Chia-Tai Chan* and Yaw-Chung Chen

Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering
National Chiao Tung University
Hsinchu, Taiwan 300, R.O.C.
E-mail: pcwang@csie.nctu.edu.tw
*Telecommunication Lab.
Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd.
Hsinchu, Taiwan 300, R.O.C.

Real-time communications services will be one of the most promising applications on the Internet. Real-time traffic usually utilizes a significant amount of resources while traversing through the network. To provide guaranteed service for delay-sensitive real-time applications, both resource reservation and effective traffic control are necessary. The resource reservation protocol (RSVP) was developed to deal with the former problem while various approaches have been proposed to solve the latter one. It is crucial for guaranteed services to maintain satisfactory performance through effective traffic control, which must be implemented in a feasible way and be able to work with RSVP. In this article, we present a flexible and effective traffic-control approach with a resource reservation scheme to accommodate delay-sensitive services on the Internet. We demonstrate that our approach features proven bounded end-to-end queueing delay for delay-sensitive applications and good resilience for resource allocation. In addition, our packet transmission discipline achieves significant improvement in end-to-end delay control.

Keywords: internet, real-time traffic, delay-sensitive, RSVP, QoS, traffic scheduling

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Received March 31, 1999; revised November 1, 1999; accepted November 26, 1999.
Communicated by Chyi-Nan Chen.