QUIC for SATCOM
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Internet Engineering Task Force                                  N. Kuhn
Internet-Draft                                                      CNES
Intended status: Informational                              G. Fairhurst
Expires: November 30, 2020                        University of Aberdeen
                                                               J. Border
                                             Hughes Network Systems, LLC
                                                              E. Stephan
                                                                  Orange
                                                            May 29, 2020

                            QUIC for SATCOM
                        draft-kuhn-quic-4-sat-05

Abstract

   QUIC has been designed for use across Internet paths.  Initial
   designs of QUIC focused on common deployment scenarios for web
   traffic.  This document focuses on the performance when using a path
   with a large Bandwidth-Delay Product (BDP).

   A large BDP path can result from using a satellite communication
   (SATCOM) system.  The BDP is also high for paths where a satellite
   network segment is combined with other network technologies
   (Ethernet, cable modems, WiFi, cellular, radio links, etc), resulting
   in more complex characteristics.  These path characteristics have
   implications on the efficiency of the network traffic and unless
   considered in a design can impact the end-to-end quality of
   experience by the transport service.

   This memo identifies the characteristics of a SATCOM link that impact
   the operation of the QUIC transport protocol.  It proposes regression
   tests to evaluate QUIC over SATCOM links.  It discusses how to ensure
   acceptable protocol performance.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Operating over a path with a large BDP  . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  TCP Split Solution  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   4.  Regression tests  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.1.  Medium public satellite broadband access  . . . . . . . .   6
     4.2.  Congested medium public satellite broadband access  . . .   7
     4.3.  Variable medium public satellite broadband access . . . .   7
     4.4.  Loss-free large public satellite broadband access . . . .   8
     4.5.  Lossy large public satellite broadband access . . . . . .   9
   5.  Mechanisms that improve the performance of QUIC for SATCOM  .   9
     5.1.  Getting up to speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     5.2.  Maximum window  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.3.  Reliability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.4.  ACK ratio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   6.  Discussion  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   7.  Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   8.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   9.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14

1.  Introduction

   The end-to-end performance of an application using an Internet path
   can be impacted by the Bandwidth-Delay Product (BDP) of the links and
   network devices forming the path.  For instance, the page load time
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