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Re: QUIC use cases

From: Bernard Aboba <Bernard.Aboba@microsoft.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:47:54 +0000
To: Justin Uberti <juberti@google.com>
CC: Lennart Grahl <lennart.grahl@gmail.com>, Peter Thatcher <pthatcher@google.com>, T H Panton <thp@westhawk.co.uk>, Martin Thomson <martin.thomson@gmail.com>, "dom@w3.org" <dom@w3.org>, "public-webrtc@w3.org" <public-webrtc@w3.org>
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Games developers are obsessed with latency, so RTT reduction is a big deal (along with better tools). However they also need control of maxRetransmits (often set to zero). Saying that is out of scope for QUICv1 elicits puzzled expressions. In fact, the whole idea of version negotiation in a transport protocol makes no sense to them (e.g. no version negotiation in TCP, SCTP, DCCP, etc.)

On Jan 18, 2018, at 3:03 PM, Justin Uberti <juberti@google.com<mailto:juberti@google.com>> wrote:

4. 6 RTTs needed to set up ICE + DTLS + SCTP, vs 2 for ICE + QUIC.

On Sun, Jan 14, 2018 at 9:03 PM, Bernard Aboba <Bernard.Aboba@microsoft.com<mailto:Bernard.Aboba@microsoft.com>> wrote:
Lennart said:

"So, please, if someone tells you that data channels suck and they'd be
excited to get QUIC data channels, please drill them with questions what
sucks exactly and then post it on the mailing list or file issues."

[BA] The developers using SCTP for small unreliable file transfers seem satisfied overall (e.g. they just complain
about bugs, not issues with the specification).

The developers who have attempted to implement file transfers on SCTP data channels have encountered much
more fundamental problems, including:

1. Competition between SCTP data channels and audio/video, due to building of queues.  Currently,
data channel implementations use the default SCTP congestion control  (loss-based, defined in RFC 4960),
and don't expose a way of selecting an alternative algorithm.  One developer I talked to expressed an
interest in being able to use an algorithm like LEDBAT for a background file transfer, so I'm not clear
that a new cc algorithm needs to be standardized in IETF.

2. Complexity of doing large file transfers on top of RTCDataChannel message implementations.
You've mentioned a number of the issues with this, and most of them seem solvable by fixing issues
in the existing specification, and perhaps adding some tests to make sure that implementations conform
to the new guidance.

3. Availability of multiple implementations.  I have heard complaints along the lines that IƱaki has
described from other sources.  This isn't something the W3C or IETF can fix, but overall the perception
in the developer community is that QUIC is very likely to be widely deployed and supported within
developer tools.  Several of the developers who had not been able to successfully utilize SCTP
are now considering QUIC (using the client-server approach), and seem comfortable enough with the protocol
and availability of tools that I doubt they would go back to considering SCTP data channels even with
some of the above fixes.

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