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Special Edition Using TCP/IP, Second Edition by NIIT

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Performance

Performance is an important factor that determines the success or failure of any object— animate or inanimate. People are rewarded for their efficient performance but what happens to specifications? Specifications that result in successful implementations are adopted as industry standards. However, the performance of an implementation can be maximized only if the specifications are implemented based on certain assumptions.

TCP’s performance is limited by three basic assumptions. The most basic assumption is that the speed of the connection is limited by the maximum speed of the slowest intermediate device just as the strength of a chain depends on the strength of its weakest link. For example, the maximum speed of a connection running ...

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