Introduction to Bufferbloat

We’ve written an introduction to the bufferbloat problem that we believe is both accessible to non-technical readers and informative to techies. We recommend you start there to get a feel for the nature and scope of the problem. Then, read our mission statement to find out what we’re doing about it.

There’s also a glossary that goes into more technical depth on bufferbloat-related terminology. You may find an older technical introduction interesting if you are a programmer or network engineer.

More reading

Many of the symptoms of bufferbloat-induced congestion have an immediate, user-visible impact on performance. If you’re not sure you are seeing these, there are experiments you can perform on your home hardware to detect bufferbloat problems. If you want to jump straight to fixing the problem, we have a mitigation and solutions page.

Much of the original analysis and discussion of bufferbloat took place on technical blogs. We have collected a tasty selection of blog references for your reading pleasure.

You can read bufferbloat-related quotes from the great, near-great, and and not-so-great. A page of unashamedly geeky humor exists as well.

There is also a list of product specific pages.

Mailing lists and Participating

Our project has very active mailing lists on which we’re developing anti-bufferbloat fixes, diagnostic tools, documentation, and other fun things. You can also look at a ToDo list of projects that need work.

To edit this page, submit a pull request to the Github repository.
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Find us elsewhere

Bufferbloat Mailing Lists
#bufferbloat on Twitter
Google+ group
Archived Bufferbloat pages from the Wayback Machine

Sponsors

Comcast Research Innovation Fund
Nlnet Foundation
Shuttleworth Foundation
GoFundMe

Bufferbloat Related Projects

Congestion Control Blog
Lede Project (OpenWrt)
Flent Network Test Suite
Sqm-Scripts
The Cake shaper
AQMs in BSD
IETF AQM WG

Network Performance Related Resources


Jim Gettys' Blog - The chairman of the Fjord
Toke's Blog - Karlstad University's work on bloat
Voip Users Conference - Weekly Videoconference mostly about voip
Candelatech - A wifi testing company that "gets it".