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DualQ Coupled AQM for Low Latency, Low Loss and Scalable Throughput

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (tsvwg WG)
Expired & archived
Authors Koen De Schepper , Bob Briscoe , Olga Bondarenko , Ing Jyh Tsang
Last updated 2017-05-04 (Latest revision 2016-10-31)
Replaces draft-briscoe-aqm-dualq-coupled
Replaced by draft-ietf-tsvwg-aqm-dualq-coupled
RFC stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
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Data Centre TCP (DCTCP) was designed to provide predictably low queuing latency, near-zero loss, and throughput scalability using explicit congestion notification (ECN) and an extremely simple marking behaviour on switches. However, DCTCP does not co-exist with existing TCP traffic---throughput starves. So, until now, DCTCP could only be deployed where a clean-slate environment could be arranged, such as in private data centres. This specification defines `DualQ Coupled Active Queue Management (AQM)' to allow scalable congestion controls like DCTCP to safely co-exist with classic Internet traffic. The Coupled AQM ensures that a flow runs at about the same rate whether it uses DCTCP or TCP Reno/Cubic, but without inspecting transport layer flow identifiers. When tested in a residential broadband setting, DCTCP achieved sub-millisecond average queuing delay and zero congestion loss under a wide range of mixes of DCTCP and `Classic' broadband Internet traffic, without compromising the performance of the Classic traffic. The solution also reduces network complexity and eliminates network configuration.


Koen De Schepper
Bob Briscoe
Olga Bondarenko
Ing Jyh Tsang

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