SACK-IMMEDIATELY Extension for the Stream Control Transmission Protocol
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Network Working Group                                          M. Tuexen
Internet-Draft                                              I. Ruengeler
Intended status: Standards Track        Muenster Univ. of Appl. Sciences
Expires: August 20, 2013                                      R. Stewart
                                                          Adara Networks
                                                       February 16, 2013

SACK-IMMEDIATELY Extension for the Stream Control Transmission Protocol
             draft-ietf-tsvwg-sctp-sack-immediately-00.txt

Abstract

   This document defines a method for the sender of a DATA chunk to
   indicate that the corresponding SACK chunk should be sent back
   immediately and not be delayed.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   2.  Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   3.  The I-bit in the DATA Chunk Header  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   4.  Procedures  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
     4.1.  Sender Side Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
     4.2.  Receiver Side Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   5.  Interoperability Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   6.  Socket API Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   8.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   9.  Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   10. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
     10.1. Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
     10.2. Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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1.  Introduction

   According to [RFC4960] the receiver of a DATA chunk should use
   delayed SACKs.  This delaying is completely controlled by the
   receiver of the DATA chunk.

   In specific situations the delaying of SACKs results in reduced
   performance of the protocol.  If such a situation can be detected by
   the receiver, the corresponding SACK can be sent immediately.  For
   example, [RFC4960] recommends the immediate sending if the receiver
   has detected message loss or message duplication.  However, if the
   situation can only be detected by the sender of the DATA chunk,
   [RFC4960] provides no method of avoiding the delaying of the SACK.
   Thus the protocol performance might be reduced.

   This document overcomes this limitation and describes a simple
   extension of the SCTP DATA chunk by defining a new flag, the I-bit.
   The sender of a DATA chunk indicates by setting this bit that the
   corresponding SACK chunk should not be delayed.

   Upper layers of SCTP using the socket API as defined in [RFC6458] may
   subscribe to the SCTP_SENDER_DRY_EVENT for getting a notification as
   soon as no user data is outstanding anymore.  To avoid an unnecessary
   delay while waiting for such an event, the application might set the
   I-Bit on the last DATA chunk sent before waiting for the event.  This
   enabling is possible using the extension of the socket API described
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