Design Considerations for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Overload Control

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Authors Volker Hilt  , Eric Noel  , Charles Shen  , Ahmed Abdelal 
Last updated 2010-08-24 (latest revision 2010-05-28)
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Overload occurs in Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) networks when SIP servers have insufficient resources to handle all SIP messages they receive. Even though the SIP protocol provides a limited overload control mechanism through its 503 (Service Unavailable) response code, SIP servers are still vulnerable to overload. This document discusses models and design considerations for a SIP overload control mechanism.


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