ABC: A simple explicit congestion controller for wireless networks

Prateesh Goyal, Anup Agarwal, Ravi Netravali, Mohammad Alizadeh, Hari Balakrishnan

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Abstract

We propose Accel-Brake Control (ABC), a simple and deployable explicit congestion control protocol for network paths with time-varying wireless links. ABC routers mark each packet with an “accelerate” or “brake”, which causes senders to slightly increase or decrease their congestion windows. Routers use this feedback to quickly guide senders towards a desired target rate. ABC requires no changes to header formats or user devices, but achieves better performance than XCP. ABC is also incrementally deployable; it operates correctly when the bottleneck is a non-ABC router, and can coexist with non-ABC traffic sharing the same bottleneck link. We evaluate ABC using a Wi-Fi implementation and trace-driven emulation of cellular links. ABC achieves 30-40% higher throughput than Cubic+Codel for similar delays, and 2.2× lower delays than BBR on a Wi-Fi path. On cellular network paths, ABC achieves 50% higher throughput than Cubic+Codel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation, NSDI 2020
PublisherUSENIX Association
Pages353-372
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781939133137
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event17th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation, NSDI 2020 - Santa Clara, United States
Duration: Feb 25 2020Feb 27 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 17th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation, NSDI 2020

Conference

Conference17th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation, NSDI 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Clara
Period2/25/202/27/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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