When I started on the bufferbloat quest, I was bugged by why RED (or other AQM’s) were not universally used, and talked to Van Jacobson for some enlightenment; Van explained the issues with RED, and that the unpublished “RED in a Different Light” paper explained RED’s problems along with a potential solution.
Today, while being a friendly nag to Van to try to get the finished version of the paper, he told me the following story, that is (part of) why that paper was never published.
I just about fell out of my chair laughing…
One of the reviewer’s comments was that the issues with RED and solution could not possibly be true, and that the authors should go become familiar with the fundamental literature on RED and automatic queue management.
I wonder if the name of the reviewer will ever be known? But that would be cruel.
I hadn’t thought about this kind of danger of blinded reviews at refereed conferences. If ever you are on a program committee, please actually engage your brain.
P.S. Van’s finishing up converting the paper to TeX and fixing up the text as a bug discovered in the nRED algorithm had not been fully reflected in the text. It should be available soon. He’s also sending me a pointer to some other recent work that’s been published that may be useful for 802.11 wireless bufferbloat.