AuthorsK. De Schepper, B. Briscoe, O. Bondarenko and I. Tsang
TitleDualQ Coupled AQM for Low Latency, Low Loss and Scalable Throughput
AfilliationCommunication Systems
Project(s)RITE: Reducing Internet Transport Latency, TimeIn: Traffic behaviour of interactive time-dependent thin streams on the modern Internet
Publication TypeTechnical reports
Year of Publication2016
Date Published10/2016
PublisherInternet Engineering Task Force
KeywordsAlgorithms, Analysis, AQM, Congestion Avoidance, congestion control, Data Communication, Design, Evaluation, Internet, latency, networks, Performance, QoS, Scaling, tcp

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.


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