Acronym for Stream Control Transport Protocol

SCTP is a reliable transport protocol operating on top of a connectionless packet network such as IP. It offers the following services to its users:

  • Error detection and correction including detection of duplicated packets.
  • Fragmentation to a discovered path MTU size.
  • Sequenced delivery of data within multiple streams, with the option for order-of-arrival delivery on a per message basis.
  • optional bundling of multiple user messages into a single SCTP packet
  • Network-level fault tolerance through supporting of multihoming at either or both ends of an association.

This protocol is RFC:2960