Traffic Control HOWTO

    Date02 Oct 2003
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Traffic control encompasses the sets of mechanisms and operations by which packets are queued for transmission/reception on a network interface. The operations include enqueuing, policing, classifying, scheduling, shaping and dropping. This HOWTO provides an introduction and overview of the capabilities and implementation of traffic control under Linux.. . . Traffic control encompasses the sets of mechanisms and operations by which packets are queued for transmission/reception on a network interface. The operations include enqueuing, policing, classifying, scheduling, shaping and dropping. This HOWTO provides an introduction and overview of the capabilities and implementation of traffic control under Linux.

    Linux offers a very rich set of tools for managing and manipulating the transmission of packets. The larger Linux community is very familiar with the tools available under Linux for packet mangling and firewalling (netfilter, and before that, ipchains) as well as hundreds of network services which can run on the operating system. Few inside the community and fewer outside the Linux community are aware of the tremendous power of the traffic control subsystem which has grown and matured under kernels 2.2 and 2.4.

    This HOWTO purports to introduce the concepts of traffic control, the traditional elements (in general), the components of the Linux traffic control implementation and provide some guidelines . This HOWTO represents the collection, amalgamation and synthesis of the LARTC HOWTO, documentation from individual projects and importantly the LARTC mailing list over a period of study.

    The impatient soul, who simply wishes to experiment right now, is recommended to the Traffic Control using tcng and HTB HOWTO and LARTC HOWTO for immediate satisfaction.

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