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Table of content
Table of Content

  • Introduction

  • Motivations for Developing SCTP

  • SCTP Features

  • SCTP Terminology

  • SCTP Packets

  • SCTP States

  • SCTP Data Transmission

  • SCTP and Multihoming

  • SCTP Streams

  • SCTP Extensions

  • Other STCP Research Topics

  • References and Resources




Link Layer

Physical Layer



  • SCTP

    • is a reliable transport protocol operating on top of a potentially unreliable connectionless packet service such as IP.

    • offers acknowledged error-free non-duplicated transfer of datagrams.

    • a selective retransmission mechanism is applied to correct loss or corruption of data.

  • Development by IETF SIGTRAN working group

    • To create a new, IP based transport protocol

    • For transport of signaling data over IP-based networks

  • Anticipation of carrier network convergence

    • All-IP networks

    • 3GPP networks based on IPv6 possible

    • communication between signaling gateways (SGs), media gateway controllers (MGCs) and signaling end- and transfer-points (SEP, STPs)

  • Problems for TCP

    • Byte-Stream Oriented

    • Provide strict ordering of information, which causes Head of Line (HOL) Blocking problem

    • No built-in support for multi-homed IP hosts

    • Vulnerable for SYN flooding attacks (a kind of DoS attack using TCP three-way handshake

  • Problems for UDP

    • Unreliable data transfer

    • No congestion/flow control (applications must handle it by themselves)

  • Provide an end-to-end reliable transmission service over IP networks

  • Support multiple streams: multiple streams per path

  • Support multi-homed hosts

    • Multiple IP addresses per host

    • More tolerant to network failures

  • Message-oriented: conserve message boundaries

  • Unordered delivery: SCTP can deliver messages as ordered or unordered.

  • Congestion Control: SCTP congestion control is similar to TCP.

    • Enable seamless introduction of SCTP into IP networks

  • SCTP is rate adaptive similar to TCP

    • slow start, congestion avoidance, fast retransmit and fast recovery

    • delayed Selective ACKs (SACKs) and duplicate SACKs

  • Chunk networks

    • A unit of information within an SCTP packet, consisting of a chunk header and chunk-specific content.

  • SCTP association

    • A protocol relationship between SCTP endpoints.

    • It is composed of the two SCTP endpoints and protocol state information including Verification Tags and the currently active set of Transmission Sequence Numbers (TSNs), etc.

    • An association can be uniquely identified by the transport addresses used by the endpoints in the association.

    • Two SCTP endpoints MUST NOT have more than one SCTP association between them at any given time.

  • Path networks

    • The route taken by the SCTP packets sent by one SCTP endpoint to a specific destination transport address of its peer SCTP endpoint.

  • Primary Path

    • The destination and source address that will be put into a packet outbound to the peer endpoint by default.

    • The above definition includes the source address since an implementation MAY wish to control the return path taken by reply chunks better and on which interface the packet is transmitted when the data sender is multi-homed.

  • Stream:

    • A uni-directional logical channel established from one to another associated SCTP endpoint.

    • All user messages are delivered in sequence except for those submitted to the unordered delivery service.

IP networks







Data Chunk























Primary Path

Retransmission Path

  • Idle destination address networks

    • An address that has not had user messages sent to it within some length of time.

  • Inactive destination transport address

    • An address which is considered inactive due to errors and unavailable to transport user messages.

  • SCTP packet

    • The unit of data delivery across the interface between SCTP and the connectionless packet network (e.g., IP).

    • An SCTP packet includes the common SCTP header, possible SCTP control chunks, and user data encapsulated within SCTP DATA chunks.

  • Transmission Sequence Number (TSN) networks

    • A 32-bit sequence number used internally by SCTP.

    • One TSN is attached to each chunk containing user data to permit the receiving SCTP endpoint to acknowledge its receipt and detect duplicate deliveries.

  • Stream Sequence Number (SSN)

    • A 16-bit sequence number used internally by SCTP to assure delivery of the user messages within a given stream.

    • One stream sequence number is attached to each user message.

  • Message Authentication Code (MAC) networks

    • An integrity check mechanism based on cryptographic hash functions using a secret key.

    • It is used by an endpoint to validate the State Cookie information that is returned from the peer in the COOKIE ECHO chunk.

  • Verification Tag

    • A 32 bit unsigned integer that is randomly generated.

    • It provides a key allowing a receiver to verify that the SCTP packet belongs to the current association and is not an old or stale packet from a previous association.

Sctp packets

SCTP Packets networks

  • An SCTP packet forms the payload of an IP packet. networks

  • An SCTP packet is composed of a common header and chunks.

  • A chunk may contain either control information or user data.

  • Multiple chunks may be multiplexed into one SCTP packet up to the Path-MTU size.

  • Control chunks bundled before data chunks

Sctp common header
SCTP Common Header networks

  • Source and Destination Port

    • the same port concept as TCP and UDP

  • Verification Tag

    • the receiver of this packet uses the Verification Tag to validate the sender of this SCTP packet.

  • Checksum

    • each SCTP packet is protected by a 32 bit checksum (Adler-32 algorithm), which is thus more robust than the 16 bit checksum of TCP and UDP

Sctp chunks
SCTP Chunks networks

Payload data data 0
Payload Data (DATA) (0) networks

  • Stream Identifier

    • Identifies the stream to which the following user data belongs.

  • Stream Sequence Number

    • this value represents the stream sequence number of the following user data within the stream S.

Initiation init
Initiation (INIT) networks

  • Initiate Tag

    • This value MUST be placed into the Verification Tag field of every SCTP packet.

  • Advertised Receiver Window Credit (a_rwnd)

    • This value represents the dedicated buffer space.

Initiation acknowledgement init ack
Initiation Acknowledgement (INIT ACK) networks

  • The parameter part of INIT ACK is formatted similarly to the INIT chunk. It uses two extra variable parameters: The State Cookie and the Unrecognized Parameter:

Selective acknowledgement sack1
Selective Acknowledgement (SACK) networks

  • SACK is sent to the peer endpoint to acknowledge received DATA chunks and to inform the peer endpoint of gaps in the received subsequences of DATA chunks as represented by their TSNs.

  • Cumulative TSN Ack

    • This parameter contains the TSN of the last DATA chunk received in sequence before a gap.

  • Gap Ack Block Start

    • Indicates the Start offset TSN for this Gap Ack Block.

  • Gap Ack Block End

    • Indicates the End offset TSN for this Gap Ack Block.

  • Gap Ack Blocks

    • TSNs >= (Cumulative TSN Ack + Gap Ack Block Start) and TSNs <= (Cumulative TSN Ack + Gap Ack Block End)

      • These TSNs are assumed to have been received correctly.

Selective acknowledgement sack2
Selective Acknowledgement (SACK) networks

  • Duplicate TSN

    • Indicates the number of times a TSN was received in duplicate since the last SACK was sent.

    • Every time a receiver gets a duplicate TSN (before sending the SACK) it adds it to the list of duplicates. The duplicate count is re-initialized to zero after sending each SACK.

Selective acknowledgement sack3
Selective Acknowledgement (SACK) networks

12+2 ~ 12+3

12+5 ~ 12+5

Selective acknowledgement sack4
Selective Acknowledgement (SACK) networks

10+2 ~ 10+6

Heartbeat request heartbeat
Heartbeat Request (HEARTBEAT) networks

  • Sent by endpoint and to probe the reachability of a particular destination transport address.

Heartbeat Acknowledgement (HEARTBEAT ACK)

Abort association abort
Abort Association (ABORT) networks

  • It is sent to the peer of an association to close the association.

  • If an endpoint receives an ABORT with a format error or for an association that doesn’t exist, it MUST silently discard it.

  • DATA chunks MUST NOT be bundled with ABORT.

Shutdown association shutdown
Shutdown Association (SHUTDOWN) networks

  • An endpoint in an association MUST use this chunk to initiate a graceful close of the association with its peer.

Shutdown Acknowledgement (SHUTDOWN ACK)

Operation error error
Operation Error (ERROR) networks

  • An endpoint sends this chunk to its peer endpoint to notify it of certain error conditions.

  • Error causes are defined as variable-length parameters

Operation error error1
Operation Error (ERROR) networks

  • Each error cause may carry its own set of parameters. The error causes that have been defined are

Cookie echo cookie echo
Cookie Echo (COOKIE ECHO) networks

  • It is used only during the initiation of an association

  • It must precede any DATA chunk sent within the association, but may be bundled with one or more DATA chunks in the same packet.

Cookie Acknowledgement (COOKIE ACK)

Shutdown complete shutdown complete
Shutdown Complete (SHUTDOWN COMPLETE) networks

  • Be sent to acknowledge the receipt of the SHUTDOWN ACK chunk at the completion of the shutdown process.

Sctp states

SCTP States networks

Normal association establishment
Normal Association Establishment mechanism in a four-way handshake to establish an association.


The endpoint that initiates the association will be referred to as “Node A”; the peer endpoint that receives the association establishment requests will be referred to as “Node B”.

  • Node A generates an INIT chunk and sends it to Node B. Node A starts the INIT timer.

  • If Node B wishes to accept the association, it generates an INIT_ACK chunk that includes a cookie. It then sends the INIT ACK chunk, along with a cookie, back to Node A.

  • Node A receives the INIT ACK chunk and stops INIT timer. Node A generates a COOKIE ECHO chunk, which is then sent to Node B. Node A starts the cookie timer. DATA chunks may be also be bundled in this packet.

  • Node B checks the validity of the cookie. Following validation it sends a COOKIE ACK back to Node A.

  • Node A receives the COOKIE ACK and enters into the next phase of data transmission.

Association termination
Association Termination Node A generates a COOKIE ECHO chunk, which is then sent to Node B. Node A starts the cookie timer. DATA chunks may be also be bundled in this packet.


  • Node A sends a SHOTDOWN chunk to Node B and start the shutdown timer.

  • Node B acknowledges the receipt of the SHUTDOWN chunk through the generation of SHUTDOWN ACK chunk, which is sent to Node A.

  • Node A receives the SHUTDOWN ACK and responds by stopping the SHUTDOWN timer. Then, Node A generates a SHUTDOWN COMPLETE chunk and sends the chunk to Node B.

Sctp data transmission

SCTP Data Transmission shutdown timer.

General concepts
General Concepts shutdown timer.

  • Detection of loss and duplication of data chunks is enabled by numbering all data chunks in the sender with the so-called Transmission Sequence Number (TSN).

  • The acknowledgements sent from the receiver to the sender are based on TSNs.

  • Retransmissions are timer-controlled. The timer duration is derived from continuous measurements of the round trip delay (RTT).

  • Whenever such a retransmission timer expires, (and congestion control allows transmissions) all non-acknowledged data chunks are retransmitted and the timer is started again doubling its initial duration (like in TCP).

General concepts1
General Concepts shutdown timer.

  • When the receiver detects one or more gaps in the sequence of data chunks, each received SCTP packet is acknowledged by sending a Selective Acknowledgement (SACK) which reports all gaps.

  • Whenever the sender receives four consecutive SACKs reporting the same data chunk missing, this data chunk is immediately retransmitted (fast retransmit).

  • Most up-to-date operating systems already support a similar optional extension to TCP.

Flow control
Flow Control shutdown timer.

  • SCTP uses an end-to-end window based flow and congestion control mechanism similar to the one that is well known from TCP.

  • The receiver of data may control the rate at which the sender is sending by specifying an octet-based window size (the so-called Receiver Window), and returning this value along with all SACK chunks.

  • The sender itself keeps a variable known as Congestion Window (CWND) that controls the maximum number of outstanding bytes

  • Each received data chunk must be acknowledged, and the receiver may wait a certain time before that is done

Selective acknowledgement
Selective Acknowledgement shutdown timer.

  • The acknowledgements carry all TSN numbers that have been received by one side with them.

  • That is, there is a so called Cumulative TSN Ack value, that indicates all the data that have successfully been reassembled at the receivers side, and has either already been delivered to the receiving Upper Layer Process, or may readily be delivered upon request.

  • Moreover, there are so-called Gap Blocks that indicate which segments of data chunks have arrived, with some data chunks missing in between.

Selective acknowledgement1
Selective Acknowledgement shutdown timer.

  • Should some data chunks have been lost in the course of transmission, they will either be retransmitted after the transmission timer has expired, or after four SACK chunks have reported gaps with the same data chunk missing. In the latter case, the missing data is retransmitted via the Fast Retransmit mechanism.

Flow control for multihomed endpoints
Flow Control for Multihomed Endpoints shutdown timer.

  • By default, all transmission is done to a previously selected address from the set of destination addresses, which is called the Primary Address (or Primary Path).

  • Retransmissions should be done on different paths, so that if one path is overloaded, retransmissions do not affect this path.

  • Acknowledgements shall be sent to the transport address from which originated the data.

Congestion control
Congestion Control shutdown timer.

  • According to RFC2960, the congestion control behavior of an SCTP implementation may have an impact where timely delivery of messages is required.

  • The congestion control mechanisms for SCTP have been derived from RFC 2581 - TCP Congestion Control, and been adapted for multihoming.

  • For each destination address (i.e. each possible path), a discrete set of flow and congestion control parameters is kept.

  • From the point of view of the network, an SCTP association with a number of paths may behave similarly as the same number of TCP connections.

Slow start and congestion avoidance
Slow Start and Congestion Avoidance shutdown timer.

  • Similar to TCP, SCTP has two modes, Slow Start and Congestion Avoidance.

  • The mode is determined by a set of congestion control variables, which are path specific.

  • For successfully delivered and acknowledged data, the congestion window variable (CWND) is steadily increased, and once it exceeds a certain boundary (called Slow Start Threshold, SSTRESH), the mode changes from Slow Start to Congestion Avoidance.

  • In Slow Start, the CWND is increased faster (roughly one MTU per received SACK chunk), and in Congestion Avoidance mode, it is only increased by one MTU per Round Trip Time (RTT) measurement.

Slow start and congestion avoidance1
Slow Start and Congestion Avoidance shutdown timer.

  • RTO timeout or fast retransmission will trigger retransmission and cause the SSTHRESH to be cut down drastically and reset the CWND.

  • Fast Retransmission

    • ssthresh = max(cwnd/2, 2*MTU)

    • cwnd = ssthresh

  • RTO timeout

    • ssthresh = max(cwnd/2, 2*MTU)

    • cwnd = MTU

Sctp and multihoming

SCTP and Multihoming shutdown timer.

  • An essential property of SCTP is its support of multi-homed nodes, i.e. nodes which can be reached using several IP addresses.

  • If the according IP networks are configured on physically different paths, associations become tolerant against physical network failures and other problems of that kind.

Address management at association setup
Address Management at Association Setup nodes, i.e. nodes which can be reached using several IP addresses.

  • If a client is multi-homed, it informs the server about all its IP addresses with the INIT chunk's address parameters.

  • The client is only required to know one IP address of the server although the server provides all its IP addresses to the client in the INIT-ACK chunk.

  • SCTP is able to handle IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.

  • An SCTP instance regards each IP address of its peer as one “transmission path” towards this endpoint.

  • If no explicit IP addresses are contained in the INIT or INIT-ACK chunk, the source IP address of the IP packet which carries the SCTP datagram is used.

Path monitoring
Path Monitoring nodes, i.e. nodes which can be reached using several IP addresses.

  • An SCTP instance monitors all transmission paths to the peer instance of an association.

  • HEARTBEAT chunks are sent over all paths which are currently not used for the transmission of data chunks. Each HEARTBEAT chunk has to be acknowledged by a HEARTBEAT-ACK chunk.

  • Each path is assigned a state: active or inactive.

  • The number of events in which heartbeats were not acknowledged within a certain time or the number of retransmission events exceeds a certain configurable limit, the peer endpoint is considered unreachable and the association will be terminated.

Path selection
Path Selection nodes, i.e. nodes which can be reached using several IP addresses.

  • At the set-up of an SCTP association, one of the IP addresses from the returned list is selected as initial primary path. Data chunks are transmitted over the primary transmission path by default.

  • For retransmissions, however, another active path may be selected, if one is available.

  • The users of SCTP are informed about the status (state and measurements) of a transmission path on request or when a transmission path changes its state. They may then instruct the local SCTP instance to use a new primary path.

Sctp streams

SCTP Streams nodes, i.e. nodes which can be reached using several IP addresses.

Flexible datagram delivery
Flexible Datagram Delivery belonging to the same association

  • Streams are unidirectional logical data flows that the SCTP endpoints negotiate during association setup.

  • SCTP distinguishes different streams of messages within one SCTP association.

  • Datagrams can be assigned into different streams within an association.

  • Within each stream, SCTP assigns independent Stream Sequence Numbers (SSN) to the user datagrams. SSNs are used at the receiver to determine the sequence of delivery.

Flexible datagram delivery1
Flexible Datagram Delivery belonging to the same association

  • SCTP performs in-sequence delivery per stream. However, while one stream may be blocked waiting for the next in-sequence user message, delivery from other streams may proceed.

  • The partial in-sequence delivery mechanism avoids head-of-line blocking between independent streams of datagrams within one association.

  • With TCP, this could only be achieved by setting-up several connections (one per stream) which would lead to additional cost and overhead.

Sctp extensions

SCTP Extensions belonging to the same association

Partial reliability sctp pr sctp
Partial Reliability SCTP (PR-SCTP) belonging to the same association

  • PR-SCTP is defined in RFC 3758.

  • It allows an SCTP sender to signal to its peer that it should no longer expect to receive one or more DATA chunks.

  • PR-SCTP consists of two new elements

    • a single new parameter in the INIT/INIT-ACK exchange that indicates whether the endpoint supports the extension

    • a single new chunk type, FORWARD TSN, that indicates the receiver should move its cumulative ack point forward

  • PR-SCTP uses lifetime,whichis an SCTP parameter,specifies the life time of the user data, to support "timed reliability" service.

  • In base SCTP belonging to the same association

    • lifetime is used to avoid efforts to transmit the overdue user messages.

    • The user data will not be sent by SCTP after lifetime expires.

    • Attempted to transmit before lifetime expired, the user data will be (re)transmitted until the peer receives.

  • In PR-SCTP

    • Thedefinition of lifetime is extended further.

    • The lifetime of user data is set to be SCTP_LIFETIME_RELIABLE (0xFFFFFF), it just likes what base SCTP does. The data are delivered as reliable transmission.

    • The lifetime of user data is set to be zero, it will be sent only once. The lost data will not be retransmitted. The data are delivered as unreliable transmission.

    • Otherwise, the data are abandoned no matter if the data have been (re)transmitted or not when their lifetime expires. The data are delivered as partial reliability transmission.

    • If the ack of user data has not been received after lifetime expired, a Forward TSN chunk is sent to receiver to upgrade and advance its cumulative TSN point.

Advantages of pr sctp
Advantages of PR-SCTP belonging to the same association

  • A single SCTP association can carry both reliable and unreliable content. That is, instead of sending different types of data using separate protocols, the number of datagrams can be reduced to save network overheads.

  • PR-data can enjoy the failure detection as the normal reliable SCTP data traffic dose.

  • PR-SCTP can provide ordered, unreliable data transfer service.

  • PR-SCTP employs the same congestion control for all data traffic, which enforces TCP-friendliness.

Streaming over pr sctp
Streaming over PR-SCTP belonging to the same association

  • MPEG-4 streaming over PR-SCTP

  • PR-SCTP allows to tune the retransmission per packet. The key point is that more I frames received, better video quality :

    • give a long lifetime to I frame to guarantee the reliable transmission of them

    • set a shorter lifetime to the P, B frames to limit the retransmission of them

  • Using PR-SCTP for MPEG-4 video streaming improved video quality and consistency.

Mobile sctp msctp
Mobile SCTP (mSCTP) belonging to the same association

  • In base SCTP, the IP addresses used are pre-configured and cannot be changed.

  • However, this feature limits the use of SCTP for mobile hosts.

  • The SCTP extension described in ADDIP makes SCTP a mobility enabled transport protocol.

  • ADDIP provides SCTP with the ability to:

    • reconfigure IP address information on an existing association

    • set the remote primary path

    • exchange adaptation layer information during association setup

Mobile sctp msctp1
Mobile SCTP (mSCTP) belonging to the same association

  • ADDIP extension introduced two new chunk types that will be used to transfer the control information reliably.

    • Address Configuration Change Chunk (ASCONF)

    • Address Configuration Acknowledgment (ASCONF-ACK)

  • There are three major parameters introduced by ADDIP to achieve mobility

    • Add IP Address

    • Delete IP Address

    • Set Primary Address

get a new IP, send ASCONF with belonging to the same association“Add IP” carrying the new IP

add IP into the association, send ASCONF-ACK

send ASCONF with “Set Primary” to change remote primary

send ASCONF-ACK and change primary path

send ASCONF with “Delete IP” carrying the old IP

Node B

Node A

delete IP from the association, send ASCONF-ACK

Other stcp research topics

Other STCP Research Topics belonging to the same association

Priority stream scheduling
Priority stream scheduling belonging to the same association

  • Researchers are investigating the theoretical and practical implications of adding a priority stream scheduling scheme to SCTP.

  • Priorities allow the sending end point to give precedence to data specified as critical during periods of increased network delay or decreased throughput.

  • Priority schemes can help applications adapt to periods of heavy network congestion or poor quality of service.

Concurrent multipath transfer cmt

Internet belonging to the same association

Path 1



Path 2



Path 3



Concurrent Multipath Transfer (CMT)


current SCTP

With CMT

With TCP

Existing Paths

one for retransmission

all for transmission

Not used

Transparent sctp shim
Transparent SCTP Shim belonging to the same association

  • Migrate existing TCP applications to SCTP transparently

  • Application gains: fault tolerance, SACK support


References and resources

References and Resources belonging to the same association

Implementations belonging to the same association

  • -- a site hosted and maintained by Randy Stewart.

  • – contains links to all relevant standards, tools and our userland-implementation

  • SCTPLIB -- An SCTP Library maintained by Michael Tüxen. sctplib-1.0.3 is the current stable version. socketapi-1.3.2 is the Socket API Library supports sctplib-1.0.3. sctplib-1.3.1 is the developer's version supports ADDIP extension.

  • Hypertext Index of current SCTPLIB snapshot

  • Upcoming Linux Kernel Implementation developed by Jon Grimm (IBM), La Monte Yarroll (Motorola) and many others.

  • The implementation from Randy Stewart has been integrated into the KAME stack, and additional, more up-to-date patches can be got at

  • Sun was developing a kernel implementation for Solaris.

Rfcs drafts and standards
RFCs, Drafts and Standards belonging to the same association

  • RFC 2960: Stream Control Transmission Protocol.

  • RFC 3257:Stream Control Transmission Protocol Applicability Statement.

  • RFC 3286: An Introduction to the Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP).

  • RFC 3309: Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) Checksum Change.

  • RFC 3758: Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) Partial Reliability Extension.

  • RFC 2719 -- Framework Architecture for Signaling Transport, L. Ong et al.

  • SCTP Extensions for Dynamic Reconfiguration of IP Addresses, R. R. Stewart, M. A. Ramalho, Q. Xie, M. Tuexen, I. Rytina, P. Conrad

  • The SCTP implementor's guide -- The "Don't Panic!"-Draft for RFC 2960, R.R. Stewart, L. Ong, et al.

  • Mobile SCTP -- describes how SCTP in combination with the addIP extension can be used for providing a mobility concept

Papers and publications
Papers and Publications belonging to the same association

  • T. Dreibholz, A. Jungmaier, M. Tüxen: A New Scheme for IP-based Internet Mobility,from the Proceedings of the 28th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN 2003), Bonn/Königswinter, October 2003, pp. X-Z. See also the slides from the conference presentation !

  • A. Jungmaier: A Gentle Introduction to SCTP,a presentation on SCTP given at the 19th Conference of the German CCC, Berlin, December 2002.

  • A. Jungmaier, E.P Rathgeb, M. Tüxen :On the Use of SCTP in Failover-Scenarios,from the Proceedings of the SCI 2002, Volume X, Mobile/Wireless Computing and Communication Systems II; Orlando, USA; July 2002, pp. 363-368.

  • A. Jungmaier,M. Schopp, M. Tüxen :Performance Evaluation of the Stream Control Transmission Protocol(English) - From the "Joint IEEE ATM Workshop 2000" (ATM 2000 Conference, Heidelberg, Germany), June 2000.

Papers and publications1
Papers and Publications belonging to the same association

  • A. Jungmaier, E.P Rathgeb, M. Schopp, M. Tüxen :SCTP - A multi-link end-to-end protocol for IP-based networks,AEÜ - International Journal of Electronics and Communications, 55 (2001) No.1, pp. 46-54. A. Jungmaier,M. Schopp, M. Tüxen :Das Simple Control Transmission Protocol (German)Veröffentlichung in "Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik", Heft 06/2000.

  • Ivan Arias Rodriguez :Stream Control Transmission Protocol - The Design of a New Reliable Transport Protocol for IP Networks

  • Seok J. Koh, et al., “mSCTP for Soft Handover in Transport Layer”, IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 189 – 191, March 2004.

  • Hongtao Wang; Yuehui Jin; Wendong Wang, “The performance comparison of PRSCTP, TCP and UDP for MPEG-4 multimedia traffic in mobile network”

  • Janardhan R. Iyengar, Keyur C. Shah, Paul D. Amer,“Concurrent Multipath Transfer Using SCTP Multihoming”

  • G. Heinz P. Amer, “Priorities in SCTP Multistreaming”, SCI '04, Orlando, FL, 7/04

Software belonging to the same association

  • Ethereal, the excellent packet tracer that was used throughout most of our debugging sessions, and has been modified to support SCTP by M. Tüxen.

  • Dummynet,the excellent network emulation module that comes with FreeBSD.

  • Tcpdump has become SCTP aware !! It can be downloaded from here. SCTP support was added by Jerry Heinz (Temple University), John Fiore (U of Pennsylvania), and Armando Caro (University of Delaware).

  • The network simulator (ns-2). An SCTP patch for ns-2 is available here, thanks to Armando Caro and Janardhan Iyengar.

SYN Flooding Attack belonging to the same association















Unavailable, reserved resources

  • There is no ACK in response to the SYN-ACK, hence connection

    remains half-open

  • Other genuine clients cannot open connections to the victim

  • The victim is unable to provide service

Head of line blocking in tcp
Head-of-Line Blocking in TCP belonging to the same association



Receiver’s App












Packet 3 is blocking the head of the line.

Head of line blocking
Head-of-line Blocking belonging to the same association

  • TCP provides a single data stream.

  • When a segment is lost, subsequent segments must wait to be processed.

  • Problem for some applications (telephony)

Congestion occurs belonging to the same association

















Round-trip times


Slow Start & Congestion avoidance

Fast retransmit
Fast retransmit belonging to the same association












four consecutive SACKs



retransmit 3