Turtle Request

Stephen Oliver edited this page Apr 3, 2017 · 1 revision

A turtle request (or turtle transfer) is a type of a request.

If node A requests a block of data from node B, and B has the data and begins sending it, but the transfer is very slow, node A classifies the request as a turtle request.

Slow requests are handled specially in order to enable node A to respond to the node that requested the data from A before a timeout occurs.


In the case of a normal (fast) transfer, A would simply send the data onward. For a turtle transfer, that would cause a timeout, which would cause A to be treated as a slow node.

Instead, when a transfer appears to be slow, A returns a DNF upstream rapidly, but keeps transferring the data from B. When the transfer eventually finishes, A can send it onward using the ULPR mechanism.

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