29 Sep 87 16:15:00 PST
Physics won't let us go infinitely fast!!!
A practical limit is probably related to distance.
Lets look at the facts:
TCP has a maximum window size of 65535 bytes (16 bit field).
Single satellite hop is approx. 1/2 sec round trip (approx.
90 Thousand miles).
Thus for satellite, max. rate is about (65535*8)/(0.5)
or 1.048 Megbit/sec.
Coast to Coast should be about 30 times quicker, or
about 30 Megbit/sec.
Of course, this is for a single TCP session, multiply for number of
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