Bufferbloat is the undesirable latency that comes from a router or other network equipment buffering too much data.
The Bufferbloat projects provide a webspace for addressing chaotic and laggy network performance. We have a number of projects in flight:
The Request to FCC for Saner Software Policies is a response to Docket ET 15-170 which appears to require vendors to lock down the software in Wi-Fi routers, prohibiting experimentation and field testing of new techniques. Read the Press Release and our Letter to the FCC
The Bufferbloat project has largely addressed latency associated with too much buffering in routers. The CoDel and fq_codel algorithms are the first fundamental advance in the state of the art of network Active Queue Management in many, many years. These algorithms have been deployed in millions of computers, and reduce the induced delay from competing traffic on a bottleneck link to the order of 20 msec.
The Make-Wi-Fi-Fast project, with many of the same team members as the Bufferbloat project, intends to improve Wi-Fi’s speed and use of the spectrum by inserting CoDel/fq_codel into the Wi-Fi queues, and actively measuring the power required for successful transmission, in order to minimize contention and interference on the RF channel.