Real Ramblings

So far I’ve been reporting what I had done, but I’ll now try to do what this blog title says: write ramblings about what I’m thinking about doing, lets start…

About the TCP pluggable congestion control and my intention of using it in DCCP for the CCIDs, one of the things I’ve read in the DCCP drafts was that one of the differences of DCCP from TCP was that the congestion decisions and access to the congestion state (cwnd, sstresh, etc) were not sprinkled all over the protocol definition, but clearly separated in the CCIDs, leaving the core to the things that are common to all CCIDs.

In the Linux implementation I basically took most of the TCP code not related to congestion control and made it generic, being used by DCCP (any other INET transport level can take advantage of this infrastructure, SCTP for instance) , and got a CCID3 implementation (implements RFC 3448) from a different tree, that had its lineage originally from FreeBSD, the way the TCP like core code interacts with the CCIDs is modelled after this CCID3 implementation, now I’m thinking about how to proceed.

So far, in the pursuit of having the DCCP code looking as much as the TCP equivalent code as possible, I got the sendmsg path all the way to the equivalent to tcp_write_xmit, that transmits as many skbs from sk_write_queue as the congestion control algorithm allows.

My current doubt is if the right thing is to model all the congestion control algorithms to use variables (congestion window, etc) accessed directly by the core TCP code or if it should always ask the congestion control module being used by means of functions that aggregate the opencoded now sprinkled thru the TCP code.

In the 2.4.20 DCCP implementation (incomplete and for an old draft) by Juwen Lai he implemented the concept of ->sendamap(), i.e. “send as much as possible”, that is roughly the equivalent to TCP’s tcp_write_xmit(), but is a function pointer provided by the CCID (Congestion Control algorithm) being used for the TX half connection.

So in my private tree I’m experimenting with the concept of ccid->ccid_hc_tx_write_xmit(), that uses the concepts outlined in the last paragraph and bodes well with the current CCID3 code, that hasn’t any cwnd variable, but instead calculates a send rate that is allowed at any given point in a connection lifetime, implementing almost directly the equations in the CCID3 draft and in RFC 3448.

At some point I’ll try to investigate how this CCID architecture would be used by TCP, in the search for the nirvana Grand Unified Congestion Control Infrastructure, the GUCCI 😉

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