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Yes, it is possible for an application to have reliable data transfer when the application runs over UDP.

• It can be done if reliability is built into applications itself.

• It requires some groundwork and debugging to be done.

• Adding acknowledgment and retransmission mechanisms is a way for having reliable data transfer. By doing so, the application processes can communicate reliably without being subjected to the transmission rate constraints imposed by TCP’s congestion control mechanisms.

• Designers of IP telephony and IP (internet protocol) video conference applications run their applications over UDP.


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