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Re: RTCDataChannel characteristics and failures -API description -

From: Gunnar Hellstrom <gunnar.hellstrom@omnitor.se>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:20:28 +0200
Message-ID: <53F18D1C.702@omnitor.se>
To: Barry Dingle <btdingle@gmail.com>
CC: Michael Tuexen <Michael.Tuexen@lurchi.franken.de>, Martin Thomson <martin.thomson@gmail.com>, Adam Bergkvist <adam.bergkvist@ericsson.com>, Web-rtc <public-webrtc@w3.org>
Barry,
Thanks, answers inline:
/Gunnar Hellström
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On 2014-08-18 01:48, Barry Dingle wrote:
> Gunnar,
>
> Your changes improve WebRTC 1.0.
>
> Some comments on them below.
>
> Cheers,
> /Barry Dingle
>
>
>
> On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 4:10 AM, Gunnar Hellstrom 
> <gunnar.hellstrom@omnitor.se <mailto:gunnar.hellstrom@omnitor.se>> wrote:
>
>     We had some mail list discussions on failure handling in the
>     RTCDataChannel, but nothing has been decided and entered into the
>     spec.
>     http://dev.w3.org/2011/webrtc/editor/webrtc.html#rtcdatachannel
>
>     I suggest the following:
>
>     1. Section 5.2, third paragraph, ending with "(TODO: reference
>     needed)"
>      Replace "(TODO: reference needed)" with the same references as at
>     the end of the first paragraph:
>     "[RTCWEB-DATA
>     <http://dev.w3.org/2011/webrtc/editor/webrtc.html#bib-RTCWEB-DATA>] and
>     [RTCWEB-DATA-PROTOCOL
>     <http://dev.w3.org/2011/webrtc/editor/webrtc.html#bib-RTCWEB-DATA-PROTOCOL>]."
>
>
> [BD] The last sentence in 5.2, third paragraph states "The actual wire 
> protocol between the peers is specified by the WebRTC DataChannel 
> Protocol specification ..." . I think there should only be the 
> [RTCWEB-DATA] should be referenced.
[GH] Agreed.
>
>
>     2. The reliable mode cannot ensure that data is delivered, it can
>     just make efforts. It can fail after a limited number of
>     retransmissions and it is important that implementers understand that.
>     Section 5.2, fourth paragraph, replace:
>     "A reliable channel ensures that the data is delivered at the
>     other peer through retransmissions."
>     with
>     "A reliable channel makes efforts to deliver data at the other
>     peer through limited retransmission. If these limited
>     transmissions fail, the underlying transport will be abruptly
>     aborted."
>
>
> [BD] I agree we need to indicate the difference between the 'reliable' 
> and 'unreliable' modes. The  [RTCWEB-DATA] protocol section 5.1 
> implies that the 'reliable' mode has *_No Limit_* on the number of 
> retransmissions (as no limit is accepted) whilst the 'unreliable' mode 
> has EITHER a limit on the number of retransmissions OR on the Maximum 
> time for transmissions and retransmissions. This does not align with 
> your proposal.
[GH] I cannot find your indicated "no limit". Please clarify where you 
found it.
Instead, earlier mail discussions have indicated that the reliable 
channel SHOULD use the default parameters for SCTP streams specified in 
SCTP RFC 4960, which says:
-----------------------------------------------copy from RFC 
4960--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------"

15.  Suggested SCTP Protocol Parameter Values

    The following protocol parameters are RECOMMENDED:

       RTO.Initial - 3 seconds
       RTO.Min - 1 second
       RTO.Max - 60 seconds
       Max.Burst - 4
       RTO.Alpha - 1/8
       RTO.Beta - 1/4
       Valid.Cookie.Life - 60 seconds
       Association.Max.Retrans - 10 attempts
       Path.Max.Retrans - 5 attempts (per destination address)
       Max.Init.Retransmits - 8 attempts
       HB.interval - 30 seconds
       HB.Max.Burst - 1
-----------end of copy from RFC 4690------------------------------------------------------"

The Path.Max.Retrans=5 is supposed to be the default limit for the number of retransmissions on WebRTC reliable data channels, and these retransmissions will normally be spread over 15 seconds before the Association is aborted with error.



>
> I do not think that the 'No Limit' mode is practical - in real use. 
> Needs more thought to align WebRTC 1.0 with [RTCWEB-DATA] and SCTP 
> reality !!!
[GH]Right. The 5 retransmissions over 15 seconds is practical, even if 
it introduces a risk for stalling the channel in bad network situations.
>
> 3. What happens when unreliable transmission fails need to be 
> explained in section 5.2, fourth paragraph.
> After the last sentence in paragraph four in 5.2, insert:
> "If the limit for the unreliable transport is exhausted for a message 
> to be transmitted, the transmission of the corresponding message is 
> aborted. All kinds of channels may get their underlying transport 
> abruptly aborted by *the* failure *of* connectivity checks by the 
> underlying transport."
>
> 4. The ordered characteristics is not mentioned in the introduction in 
> section 5.2.
> Since the other characteristics are mentioned, I suggest that also 
> ordered/unordered is introduced in a new paragraph, after the fourth 
> paragraph in 5.2.
> "A||RTCDataChannel| 
> <http://dev.w3.org/2011/webrtc/editor/webrtc.html#idl-def-RTCDataChannel>|can 
> be configured to operate inordered or unordered mode. In (ordered) 
> mode, transmitted messages are delivered in order. Both reliable and 
> unreliable channels may be set to either of these ordered/unordered 
> modes. Ordered mode is the default."
>
> 5. After point 6 in the second numbered list in section 5.2, I suggest 
> to introduce a brief description of that the transport can be aborted 
> in case of transmission errors.
> Insert:
> "An||RTCDataChannel| 
> <http://dev.w3.org/2011/webrtc/editor/webrtc.html#idl-def-RTCDataChannel>|object'sunderlying 
> data transport 
> <http://dev.w3.org/2011/webrtc/editor/webrtc.html#dfn-underlying-data-transport>may 
> be torn down in an abrupt manner by transmission errors.When that 
> happens the user agent/must/||, queue a task that sets the 
> object's|readyState 
> <http://dev.w3.org/2011/webrtc/editor/webrtc.html#dom-datachannel-readystate>|attribute 
> to|closing|. This will eventually render thedata transport 
> <http://dev.w3.org/2011/webrtc/editor/webrtc.html#dfn-underlying-data-transport>closed 
> <http://dev.w3.org/2011/webrtc/editor/webrtc.html#data-transport-closed>." 
>
>
> Please verify that this is what is supposed to happen!
>
>
> 6. In chapter 11, the error event in the first table needs an explanation.
>
> Replace "TODO" in the third column for the error event the following:
> "The||RTCDataChannel| 
> <http://dev.w3.org/2011/webrtc/editor/webrtc.html#idl-def-RTCDataChannel>|object'sunderlying 
> data transport 
> <http://dev.w3.org/2011/webrtc/editor/webrtc.html#dfn-underlying-data-transport>has 
> detected an error that caused the transport to be aborted".
>
> 7. Consider introducing an error event also for transmission failures 
> in unreliable channels.
> The change proposals above do not include any error indication when 
> transmission of messages in unreliable channels fail because of 
> exhausted retries.
> The ambition is that WebRTC shall be as equivalent as possible to the 
> Websocket API.  The Websocket API has however not specified any 
> unreliable mode, so we are free to specify what happens on 
> transmission errors on unreliable channels. A suitable result of a 
> transmission error is to issue an error event but not abort the 
> transport.  Note however that *SCTP* Watchdog failure and failure of 
> transmission in reliable channels will abort the transport also for 
> the unreliable channels using that transport (=RTSP association).
>
> Text proposal TBD.
>
> [BD] NOTE - WebRTC 1.0 does NOT reference SCTP so text should either 
> NOT refer to SCTP OR SCTP Reference needs to be added if text relating 
> to SCTP is added later.
[GH] Right. No 7 was discussion. But I would like to see it materialize 
in description of failure indications also for transmission failures in 
unreliable channels.
>
> Regards
>
> Gunnar
> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
>
> *[BD] Additional Changes - *
>
> There can be confusion between the functions of [RTCWEB-DATA 
> <http://dev.w3.org/2011/webrtc/editor/webrtc.html#bib-RTCWEB-DATA>] 
> and [RTCWEB-DATA-PROTOCOL 
> <http://dev.w3.org/2011/webrtc/editor/webrtc.html#bib-RTCWEB-DATA-PROTOCOL>]. 
> [RTCWEB-DATA] refers to the "WebRTC Data Channels" protocol whilst the 
> [RTCWEB-DATA-PROTOCOL] refers to the "WebRTC Data Channel 
> Establishment Protocol".
>
> I suggest that, in the *B.References section*, we use the term 
> [RTCWEB-DATA-ESTABLISHMENT] instead of [RTCWEB-DATA-PROTOCOL] and that 
> the correct names of the two protocols be used in the Reference text.
>
> In addition, as the IETF uses the name "WebRTC" in the title of each 
> protocol, so should we change the Reference Names to  [*WEBRTC*-DATA] 
> and [*WEBRTC*-DATA-ESTABLISHMENT]
[GH] I agree.
> ???
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Gunnar Hellström
> Omnitor
> gunnar.hellstrom@omnitor.se <mailto:gunnar.hellstrom@omnitor.se>
> On 2014-03-03 15:57, Michael Tuexen wrote:
>
>>     On 04 Feb 2014, at 19:40, Gunnar Hellstrom<gunnar.hellstrom@omnitor.se>  <mailto:gunnar.hellstrom@omnitor.se>  wrote:
>>
>>>     On 2014-02-04 18:41, Martin Thomson wrote:
>>>>     On 4 February 2014 03:52, Adam Bergkvist<adam.bergkvist@ericsson.com>  <mailto:adam.bergkvist@ericsson.com>  wrote:
>>>>>     Does the silence mean that people agree and are fine with these changes
>>>>>     going into the spec? If anyone have any comments or suggestions, please
>>>>>     comment.
>>>>     Please don't assume silence == acceptance.  I'd prefer silence ==
>>>>     ambivalence, or maybe silence == no thanks.
>>>>
>>>>     The proposed text is correct in part and too specific elsewhere.  I
>>>>     agree with the note that reliable is instead equated with maximum
>>>>     retry {count + time}.  I don't agree with setting specific numbers on
>>>>     this, unless they are minimum requirements for support.
>>>     A follow-up question:
>>>
>>>     If an application opens a data channel and requests the unreliable type with maximum 7 retries.
>>>     And it turns out that the reliable type by default makes maximum 5 retries.
>>>
>>>     Will the channel establishment then accept to extend to 7 retries?
>>>     Or what will happen?
>>     Even if you configure the SCTP_PR_SCTP_RTX parameter larger than association.max.retrans
>>     the association will be aborted after association.max.retrans consecutive retransmissions.
>>>     It looks a bit strange to have an unreliable channel that is more reliable than the reliable one.
>>     It isn't. SCTP_PR_SCTP_RTX limits the number of retransmissions, it doesn't enforce them.
>>>     But without documentation about the default retries for the reliable channel this situation might very well happen because the application programmer does not know the figure.
>>     I think what is written in
>>     http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-tsvwg-sctp-prpolicies-01
>>     is clear. If not, please let me know.
>>
>>     Best regards
>>     Michael
>>>     If it is agreed that it is illogical to set the unreliable channel more reliable than the reliable one, an addition to the API could say:
>>>     "If the MaxRetries parameter is higher than the default maximum number of retries used for reliable channels, the channel will use the default number, but in other aspects perform as an unreliable channel (e.g. no channel disconnect after exceeded number of retries)."
>>>     That would meet your view that the proposed text had too much detail, but it covers a logical gap in the API specification.
>>>
>>>     Gunnar
>>>
>>>
>>>
>
>
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