Friday, August 24, 2012

message fragmentation in Internet Protocol

IP layer handles fragmentation/defrag. UDP and TCP are one layer above IP and relies on this "service" of the IP layer.

UDP may (TCP is different) occasionally lose some "logical" packets, but never part of a logical packet.

When a logical packet is broken up at IP layer into physical packets, the constituent physical packets will either be delivered altogether or lost altogether. The frag/defrag IP service is transparent to upper layers so UDP/TCP don't need to worry about basic data integrity.

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