Use Cases and Requirements for QUIC as a Substrate

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Network Working Group                                      M. Kuehlewind
Internet-Draft                                                 Z. Sarker
Intended status: Informational                                  Ericsson
Expires: May 7, 2020                                          T. Fossati
                                                               L. Pardue
                                                       November 04, 2019

           Use Cases and Requirements for QUIC as a Substrate


   TCP is often used as a proxying or tunneling protocol.  QUIC is a
   new, emerging transport protocol and there is a similar expectation
   that it too will be used as a substrate once it is widely deployed.
   Using QUIC instead of TCP in existing scenarios will allow proxying
   and tunneling services to maintain the benefits of QUIC natively,
   without degrading the performance and security characteristics.  QUIC
   also opens up new opportunities for these services to have lower
   latency and better multistreaming support.  This document summarizes
   current and future usage scenarios to derive requirements for QUIC
   and to provide additional protocol considerations.

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1.  Introduction

   QUIC is a new transport protocol that was initially developed as a
   way to optimize HTTP traffic by supporting multiplexing without head-
   of-line-blocking and integrating security directly into the
   transport.  This tight integration of security allows the transport
   and security handshakes to be combined into a single round-trip
   exchange, after which both the transport connection and authenticated
   encryption keys are ready.

   Based on the expectation that QUIC will be widely used for HTTP, it
   follows that there will also be a need to enable the use of QUIC for
   HTTP proxy services.

   Beyond HTTP, however, QUIC provides a general-purpose transport
   protocol that can be used for many other kinds of traffic, whenever
   the features provided by QUIC (compared to existing options, like
   TCP) are beneficial to the high-layer service.  Specifically, QUIC's
   ability to multiplex, encrypt data, and migrate between network paths
   makes it ideal for solutions that need to tunnel or proxy traffic.

   Existing proxies that are not based on QUIC are often transparent.
   That is, they do not require the cooperation of the ultimate
   connection endpoints, and are often not visible to one or both of the
   endpoints.  If QUIC provides the basis for future tunneling and
   proxying solutions, it is expected that this relationship will
   change.  At least one of the endpoints will be aware of the proxy and
   explicitly coordinate with it.  This allows client hosts to make
   explicit decisions about the services they request from proxies (for
   example, simple forward or more advance performance-optimizing
   services), and to do so using a secure communication channel between
   themselves and the proxy.

   This document describes some of the use cases for using QUIC for
   proxying and tunneling, and explains the protocol impacts and
   tradeoffs of such deployments.

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