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Journal of Information Science and Engineering, Vol. 28 No. 6, pp. 1059-1071 (November 2012)

Design of a Lightweight TCP/IP Protocol Stack with an Event-Driven Scheduler*

JOONHYOUK JANG1, JINMAN JUNG1, YOOKUN CHO1, SANGHOON CHOI2 AND SUNG Y. SHIN3
1School of Computer Science and Engineering
Seoul National University
Seoul, 151-744 Korea
2School of Computing
Soongsil University
Seoul, 156-743 Korea
3Electric Engineering and Computer Science Department
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD57007 USA

The traditional TCP/IP protocol stack is associated with shortcomings related to the context-switching overhead and redundant data copying. The software-based TOE (TCP/ IP Offload Engine), also known as lightweight TCP/IP, was developed to optimize the TCP/IP protocol stack to run on an embedded system. In this paper, we propose the design of a lightweight TCP/IP protocol stack that runs on an event-driven scheduler. An event-driven scheduler is one of the main components of a real-time operating system that provides essential functionalities for an embedded system in network communication. We discuss the problems involved in designing a lightweight TCP/IP with an eventdriven scheduler, especially for the issues of TCP transmission and TCP retransmission. We implemented and evaluated the proposed TCP/IP stack on an embedded networking device and verified that the proposed TCP/IP stack is well suited for high-performance networking in embedded systems.

Keywords: TCP/IP, TCP/IP offload engine, embedded system

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Received May 31, 2011; accepted March 31, 2012.
Communicated by Junyoung Heo and Tei-Wei Kuo.
* This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2011-0027454) and by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) and from Korea Copyright Commission in 2011.