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RFC 7413 - TCP Fast Open

Jerry Chu
Sivasankar Radhakrishnan
Arvind Jain
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) (2014)


This document describes an experimental TCP mechanism called TCP Fast Open (TFO). TFO allows data to be carried in the SYN and SYN-ACK packets and consumed by the receiving end during the initial connection handshake, and saves up to one full round-trip time (RTT) compared to the standard TCP, which requires a three-way handshake (3WHS) to complete before data can be exchanged. However, TFO deviates from the standard TCP semantics, since the data in the SYN could be replayed to an application in some rare circumstances.Applications should not use TFO unless they can tolerate this issue, as detailed in the Applicability section.

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