Multipath TCP

Decoupled from IP, TCP is at last able to support multihomed hosts.

CHRISTOPH PAASCH AND OLIVIER BONAVENTURE, UCL

The Internet relies heavily on two protocols. In the network layer, IP (Internet Protocol) provides an unreliable datagram service and ensures that any host can exchange packets with any other host. Since its creation in the 1970s, IP has seen the addition of several features, including multicast, IPsec (IP security), and QoS (quality of service). The latest revision, IPv6 (IP version 6), supports 16-byte addresses.

Multipath TCP

 

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The Road to SDN

An intellectual history of programmable networks

NICK FEAMSTER, GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 

JENNIFER REXFORD, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
ELLEN ZEGURA, GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Designing and managing networks has become more innovative over the past few years with the aid of SDN (software-defined networking). This technology seems to have appeared suddenly, but it is actually part of a long history of trying to make computer networks more programmable.

The Road to SDN

 

Making the Web Faster with HTTP 2.0

HTTP continues to evolve

ILYA GRIGORIK

HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is one of the most widely used application protocols on the Internet. Since its publication, RFC 2616 (HTTP 1.1) has served as a foundation for the unprecedented growth of the Internet: billions of devices of all shapes and sizes, from desktop computers to the tiny Web devices in our pockets, speak HTTP every day to deliver news, video, and millions of other Web applications we have all come to depend on in our everyday lives.

Making the Web Faster with HTTP 2.0

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Passively Measuring TCP Round-trip Times

A close look at RTT measurements with TCP

STEPHEN D. STROWES, BOUNDARY INC.

Measuring and monitoring network RTT (round-trip time) is important for multiple reasons: it allows network operators and end users to understand their network performance and help optimize their environment, and it helps businesses understand the responsiveness of their services to sections of their user base.

Passively Measuring TCP Round-trip Times

 

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You Don’t Know Jack about Network Performance

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More Encryption Is Not the Solution

Cryptography as privacy works only if both ends work at it in good faith

POUL-HENNING KAMP

The recent exposure of the dragnet-style surveillance of Internet traffic has provoked a number of responses that are variations of the general formula, “More encryption is the solution.” This is not the case. In fact, more encryption will probably only make the privacy crisis worse than it already is.

More Encryption Is Not the Solution

 

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Condos and Clouds

Constraints in an environment empower the services.

PAT HELLAND, SALESFORCE.COM

Living in a condominium (commonly known as a condo) has its constraints and its services. By defining the lifestyle and limits on usage patterns, it is possible to pack many homes close together and to provide the residents with many conveniences. Condo living can offer a great value to those interested and willing to live within its constraints and enjoy the sharing of common services.

Similarly, in cloud computing, applications run on a shared infrastructure and can gain many benefits of flexibility and cost savings. To get the most out of this arrangement, a clear model is needed for the usage pattern and constraints to be imposed in order to empower sharing and concierge services. It is the clarity of the usage pattern that can empower new PaaS (Platform as a Service) offerings supporting the application pattern and providing services, easing the development and operations of applications complying with that pattern.

Just as there are many different ways of using buildings, there are many styles of application patterns. This article looks at a typical pattern of implementing a SaaS (Software as a Service) application and shows how, by constraining the application to this pattern, it is possible to provide many concierge services that ease the development of a cloud-based application.

http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=2398392

 

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Sender-side Buffers and the Case for Multimedia Adaptation

A proposal to improve the performance and availability of streaming video and other time-sensitive media

AIMAN ERBAD, QATAR UNIVERSITY; CHARLES “BUCK” KRASIC, GOOGLE

The Internet/Web architecture has developed to the point where it is common for the most popular sites to operate at a virtually unlimited scale, and many sites now cater to hundreds of millions of unique users. Performance and availability are generally essential to attract and sustain such user bases. As such, the network and server infrastructure plays a critical role in the fierce competition for users. Web pages should load in tens to a few hundred milliseconds at most. Similarly, sites strive to maintain multiple nines availability targets—for example, a site should be available to users 99.999 percent of the time over a one-year period.

http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=2381998

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Four Billion Little Brothers?: Privacy, mobile phones, and ubiquitous data collection
- Katie Shilton
http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=1597790

VoIP: What is it Good for?
- Sudhir R. Ahuja, Robert En
http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=1028897

Data in Flight
- Julian Hyde
http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=1667562

Toward Higher Precision

An introduction to PTP and its significance to NTP practitioners

RICK RATZEL AND RODNEY GREENSTREET, NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS

It is difficult to overstate the importance of synchronized time to modern computer systems. Our lives today depend on the financial transactions, telecommunications, power generation and delivery, high-speed manufacturing, and discoveries in “big physics,” among many other things, that are driven by fast, powerful computing devices coordinated in time with each other.

http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=2354406

 

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OpenFlow: A Radical New Idea in Networking

An open standard that enables software-defined networking

THOMAS A. LIMONCELLI

Computer networks have historically evolved box by box, with individual network elements occupying specific ecological niches as routers, switches, load balancers, NATs (network address translations), or firewalls. Software-defined networking proposes to overturn that ecology, turning the network as a whole into a platform and the individual network elements into programmable entities. The apps running on the network platform can optimize traffic flows to take the shortest path, just as the current distributed protocols do, but they can also optimize the network to maximize link utilization, create different reachability domains for different users, or make device mobility seamless.

http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=2305856
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