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Traffic shaping works by debursting traffic flows. The result are smooth traffic flow rates.

Simple and crude traffic shaping example:

  • Before traffic shaping: 10 packets in one second, 0 packets in one second, 10 packets in one second, 0 packets in one second.
  • After traffic shaping: 1 packet/0.2 second.

When many traffic flows passes a packet bottleneck (logical or physical) the benefit of traffic shaping are:

On/off behavior, especially with hysteresis, promotes packet-bursts:

Traffic shaping are often used in combination with:

See also:

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