Transmission Control Protocol

<networking, protocol>

(TCP) The most common transport layer protocol used on Ethernet and the Internet. TCP was developed by DARPA.

TCP is the connection-oriented protocol built on top of Internet Protocol (IP) and is nearly always seen in the combination TCP/IP (TCP over IP). It adds reliable communication and flow-control and provides full-duplex, process-to-process connections.

TCP is defined in STD 7 and RFC 793.

The other protocol that runs on top of IP is User Datagram Protocol (UDP) which, in contrast to TCP, is connectionless.

Last updated: 2001-06-14

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