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Comment Re:NFS on MTCP: was :API support (Score 1) 150

I conclude this from section 5.3, which I think states MPTCP over 2 links was slower than ordinary TCP over one link, when message size was 30K.

For very small flow-sizes (like less than 30KB), MPTCP should not try to create additional subflows. Because, the whole data fits in the initial window of the first subflow. However, at the moment the linux implementation always tries to establish new subflows. In the paper's stress-testing scenario these additional subflows just consumed CPU-cycles and thus the "bad" results for MPTCP with very small flows

An easy fix would be to delay the establishment of additional subflows until a certain threshold of data has been sent or a certain time has passed.

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A 50 Gbps Connection With Multipath TCP 150

First time accepted submitter Olivier Bonaventure writes "The TCP protocol is closely coupled with the underlying IP protocol. Once a TCP connection has been established through one IP address, the other packets of the connection must be sent from this address. This makes mobility and load balancing difficult. Multipath TCP is a new extension that solves these old problems by decoupling TCP from the underlying IP. A Multipath TCP connection can send packets over several interfaces/addresses simultaneously while remaining backward compatible with existing TCP applications. Multipath TCP has several use cases, including smartphones that can use both WiFi and 3G, or servers that can pool multiple high-speed interfaces. Christoph Paasch, Gregory Detal and their colleagues who develop the implementation of Multipath TCP in the Linux kernel have achieved 50 Gbps for a single TCP connection [note: link has source code and technical details] by pooling together six 10 Gbps interfaces."

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