Reliable User Datagram Protocol

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In computer networking, the Reliable User Datagram Protocol (RUDP) is a transport layer protocol designed at Bell Labs for the Plan 9 operating system. It aims to provide a solution where UDP is too primitive because guaranteed-order packet delivery is desirable, but TCP adds too much complexity/overhead. In order for RUDP to gain higher quality of service, RUDP implements features that are similar to TCP with less overhead.


In order to ensure quality, it extends UDP by means of adding the following features:

  1. Acknowledgment of received packets
  2. Windowing and flow control
  3. Retransmission of lost packets
  4. Over buffering (Faster than real-time streaming)

RUDP is not currently a formal standard, however it was described in an IETF internet-draft in 1999. It has not been proposed for standardization.

Cisco RUDP[edit]

Cisco in its Signalling Link Terminals (either standalone or integrated in another gateway) uses RUDP for backhauling of SS7 MTP3 or ISDN signaling.

  1. RUDP v0 (no checksums) is used for SS7 MTP3 backhaul.
  2. RUDP v1 (with checksum) is used for ISDN PRI backhaul.

The versions are mutually incompatible and differ slightly from the IETF draft.[citation needed] The structure of the Cisco Session Manager used on top of RUDP is also different.

Microsoft R-UDP[edit]

Microsoft introduced another protocol which it named R-UDP and used it in its MediaRoom product (now owned by Ericsson) for IPTV service delivery over multicast networks. This is a proprietary protocol and very little is known about its operation. It is not thought to be based on the above referenced IETF draft.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Microsoft TV Test document by JDSU" (PDF).

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