This paper investigates the transient behavior of
experience-based admission control
(EBAC) in case of traffic changes. EBAC is a robust and resource-efficient admission control (AC) mechanism used for reservation overbooking of link capacities in packet-based networks. Recent analyses gave a proof of concept for EBAC and showed its efficiency and robustness through steady state simulation on a single link carrying traffic with constant properties. The contribution of this paper is an examination of the memory from which EBAC gains its experience and which strongly influences the behavior of EBAC in both, stationary and non-stationary state. For the latter, we investigate the transient behavior of the EBAC mechanism through simulation of strong traffic changes which are characterized by either a sudden decrease or increase of the traffic intensity. Our results show that the transient behavior of EBAC partly depends on its tunable memory and that it copes well with even strongly changing traffic characteristics.