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Re: Sending very large chunks over the data channel

From: Harald Alvestrand <harald@alvestrand.no>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 11:18:56 +0200
Message-ID: <5385AA00.8060203@alvestrand.no>
To: public-webrtc@w3.org
On 05/28/2014 10:52 AM, Wolfgang Beck wrote:
> Adding another data transfer protocol on top of SCTP wll not solve 
> your problem.
> The Websocket-style API is the problem.
> It does not allow the JS to delay reception and does not tell you when 
> it is apporpriate to send more data.
> Sending a chunk and wait for an ACK? That means you will spend most of 
> the time waiting for Acks instead of
> transmitting data. Of course you can somehow negotiate how many chunks 
> you can send without having to
> wait for an ACK. Now you have re-implemented a substantial part of 
> SCTP, probably with more errors and less sophistication.
> What's wrong with the Streams API?

The first thing wrong about the Streams API as described in the link 
below is that it does not preserve message boundaries; a Stream is a 
sequence of bytes.

Our chosen abstraction is a sequence of messages.

Something like the Streams API may be a Good Thing (and applicable to 
websockets too), but the current proposal just has the wrong model for 
our purposes.

If you have a suggestion to bridge the gap, please bring it forward.

> Wolfgang
> On 05/27/14 09:37, Stefan Håkansson LK wrote:
>> This was discussed at the f2f, and the Streams API was mentioned, but as
>> Harald pointed out yesterday the applicability of Streams with the data
>> channel is not clear yet.
>> But there is another option that is supported right now. The blob
>> (defined in http://dev.w3.org/2006/webapi/FileAPI/) supports slicing up
>> data chunks in smaller parts (and of course re-assembling them back).
>> So, it is quite simple to split up a large chunk in smaller ones, and
>> then add some simple acking on the app layer (hold back sending next
>> slice until the previous one is acked).
>> This is not elegant, but should work.
>> The quota API (https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/quota/raw-file/tip/Overview.html)
>> allows for a bit more sophistication, but it seems to be supported by
>> Chrome only (and then only an older version of the API).
>> Stefan
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