The WebTransport Protocol Framework
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Network Working Group                                        V. Vasiliev
Internet-Draft                                                    Google
Intended status: Standards Track                        November 2, 2019
Expires: May 5, 2020

                  The WebTransport Protocol Framework
                   draft-vvv-webtransport-overview-01

Abstract

   The WebTransport Protocol Framework enables clients constrained by
   the Web security model to communicate with a remote server using a
   secure multiplexed transport.  It consists of a set of individual
   protocols that are safe to expose to untrusted applications, combined
   with a model that allows them to be used interchangeably.

   This document defines the overall requirements on the protocols used
   in WebTransport, as well as the common features of the protocols,
   support for some of which may be optional.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     1.1.  Background  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     1.2.  Conventions and Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2.  Common Transport Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   3.  Session Establishment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   4.  Transport Features  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.1.  Datagrams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.2.  Streams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.3.  Protocol-Specific Features  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.4.  Bandwidth Prediction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   5.  Buffering and Prioritization  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   6.  Transport Properties  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   7.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   8.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   9.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     9.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     9.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11

1.  Introduction

   The WebTransport Protocol Framework enables clients constrained by
   the Web security model to communicate with a remote server using a
   secure multiplexed transport.  It consists of a set of individual
   protocols that are safe to expose to untrusted applications, combined
   with a model that allows them to be used interchangeably.

   This document defines the overall requirements on the protocols used
   in WebTransport, as well as the common features of the protocols,
   support for some of which may be optional.

1.1.  Background

   Historically, web applications that needed a bidirectional data
   stream between a client and a server could rely on WebSockets
   [RFC6455], a message-based protocol compatible with the Web security
   model.  However, since the abstraction it provides is a single
   ordered stream of messages, it suffers from head-of-line blocking
   (HOLB), meaning that all messages must be sent and received in order
   even if they are independent and some of them are no longer needed.

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