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3 Questions about UPD

Discussion in 'Multiplayer' started by Rasly233, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. Rasly233


    Feb 19, 2015
    1. Why UPD packets gets loast?
    2. How many of 100 packets that are all send in same second will usualy reach their desteny?
    3. How much faster is UDP compared to TCP? is it 10 times faster or 2 times?

    Thanks for your answers in advance!
  2. zanders33


    Apr 22, 2015
    UDP packets can be dropped, arrive out of order, and get duplicated.
    TCP is built on top of UDP and adds lots of logic to try to prevent these problems and give you a reliable connection - it does this by ordering packets as they arrive, retransmitting dropped packets and acknowledging what it's received so far.

    All of this TCP logic requires many more messages and acknowledgements than UDP, therefore UDP is faster ;)

    UDP can be lost because a router only has so much space to remember packets in it's memory - if the links its connected to become overloaded and it's memory gets full it has to drop packets. It can also drop packets if they get lost or run for too many hops around the internet.

    Thats the gist anyway - Wikipedia has lots of info: