Guidelines for Internet Congestion Control at Endpoints
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Internet Engineering Task Force                             G. Fairhurst
Internet-Draft                                    University of Aberdeen
Intended status: Standards Track                           July 05, 2019
Expires: January 6, 2020

        Guidelines for Internet Congestion Control at Endpoints
                      draft-fairhurst-tsvwg-cc-01

Abstract

   This document provides guidance on the design of methods to avoid
   congestion collapse and to provide congestion control.
   Recommendations and requirements on this topic are distributed across
   many documents in the RFC series.  It seeks to gather and consolidate
   these recommendations.  This is intended to provide input to the
   design of new congestion control methods in protocols, such as IETF
   QUIC.

   The present document is for discussion and comment by the IETF.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Principles of Congestion Control  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     3.1.  A Diversity of Path Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     3.2.  Flow Multiplexing and Congestion  . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     3.3.  Avoiding Congestion Collapse  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   4.  Guidelines for Performing Congestion Control  . . . . . . . .   6
     4.1.  Connection Initialization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.2.  Using Path Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.3.  Timers and Retransmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     4.4.  Responding to Potential Congestion  . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     4.5.  Using More Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     4.6.  Network Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     4.7.  Protection of Protocol Mechanisms . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   5.  IETF Guidelines on Evaluation of Congestion Control . . . . .  13
   6.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   8.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   9.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     9.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     9.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   Appendix A.  Revision Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17

1.  Introduction

   The IETF has specified Internet transports (e.g., TCP [ID.ietf-tcpm-
   rfc793bis], UDP [RFC0768], UDP-Lite [RFC3828], SCTP [RFC4960], and
   DCCP [RFC4340]) as well as protocols layered on top of these
   transports (e.g., RTP, QUIC [I-D.ietf-quic-transport], SCTP/UDP
   [RFC6951], DCCP/UDP) and transports that work directly over the IP
   network layer.  These transports are implemented in endpoints
   (Internet hosts or routers acting as endpoints) and are designed to
   detect and react to network congestion.

   Recommendations and requirements on this topic are distributed across
   many documents in the RFC series.  This document seeks to gather and
   consolidate these recommendations.  This is intended to provide input
   to the design of new congestion control methods in protocols.

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