Abstract: We propose and evaluate a new burst assembly algorithm based on the average delay of the packets comprising a burst. This
method ﬁxes the average delay of the packets belonging to an assembled burst to a desired value TAVE that may be different for
each forwarding equivalence class (FEC). We show that the proposed method signiﬁcantly improves the delay jitter experienced
by the packets during the burst assembly process, when compared to that of timer-based and burst length-based assembly policies.
Minimizing packet delay jitter is important in a number of applications, such as real-audio and streaming-video applications. We
also ﬁnd that the improvement in the packet delay jitter yields a corresponding signiﬁcant improvement in the performance of TCP,
whose operation depends critically on the ability to obtain accurate estimates of the round-trip times (RTT).
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