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IA-TCP: A rate based incast-avoidance algorithm for TCP in data center networks

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3 Author(s)
Jaehyun Hwang ; Bell Labs., Alcatel-Lucent, Seoul, South Korea ; Joon Yoo ; Nakjung Choi

In recent years, the data center networks commonly accommodate applications such as MapReduce and web search that inherently shows the incast communication pattern; multiple workers simultaneously transmit TCP data to a single aggregator. In this environment, the TCP performance is significantly degraded in terms of goodput and query completion time, as a result of the severe packet loss at Top of Rack (ToR) switches. The TCP senders aggressively transmit packets causing throughput collapse even though the network pipe size, i.e., bandwidth-delay product, is extremely small. In this paper, we introduce a novel end-to-end congestion control algorithm called IA-TCP that avoids the TCP incast congestion problem effectively. IA-TCP employs the rate-based algorithm at the aggregator node, which controls both the window size of workers and ACK delay. Through extensive NS-2 simulations, we validate that our algorithm is scalable in terms of the number of workers achieving enhanced goodput and zero timeouts.

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Communications (ICC), 2012 IEEE International Conference on

Date of Conference:

10-15 June 2012