13-15 November 2018
America/Vancouver timezone

Experiences Evaluating DC-TCP

13 Nov 2018, 11:35
Junior-Ballroom-C (Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center)


Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center



Lawrence Brakmo (Facebook) Boris Burkov (Facebook) Greg Leclercq (Facebook) Murat Mugan (Facebook)


In this talk we describe our experiences in evaluating DC-TCP. Preliminary testing with Netesto uncovered issues with our NIC that affected fairness between flows, as well as bugs in the DC-TCP code path in Linux that resulted in RPC tail latencies of up to 200ms. Once we fixed those issues, we proceeded to test in a 6 rack mini cluster running some of our production applications. This testing demonstrated very large decreases in packet discards (12 to 1000x) at a cost of larger CPU utilization. In addition to describing the issues and fixes, we provide detailed experimental results and explore the causes of the larger CPU utilization as well as discuss partial solutions to this issue.

Note: We plan to test on a much larger cluster and have those results available before the conference.

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