Re: [multipathtcp] potential MPTCP proxy charter item

Alan Ford <alan.ford@gmail.com> Sat, 29 October 2016 10:01 UTC

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Hi Med,

Thank you for updating these drafts, I have been awaiting these with great interest!

Re draft-nam-mptcp-deployment-considerations-00:
- The three use cases in S3 make sense
- But in S4, the two deployment scenarios, focuses purely on Scenarios 1 & 3, not 2

In S5.2.1, the usage model is that data is explicitly targeted to the MCP.
in S5.2.2, implicit, it only works for Scenario 1 of S4. By the diagrams, it needs to now that a destination is not MPTCP capable - how does it have this knowledge? Should it actually be intercepting the SYN/ACK from RM and making adjustments there?

This continues in the 5.2.2.1 discussion - what is the purpose of MP_CONVERT in the implicit mode? Is it just to say “if there’s an MCP on this path, I would like it“? This seems different from the use of it as described in the plain mode draft (where it appears to be used for explicit mode by signalling the target IP address). You talk about differentiating between “native” and “proxied” MPTCP connections, but how would the initiator know this in implicit mode?

I think this is a valuable document which explains how proxies can be used to extend the benefits of MPTCP to connections where one or both end hosts are not MPTCP-capable. It think this fits with the proxy charter item today.


Re draft-boucadair-mptcp-plain-mode-09

S3.1 - two issues:

1) How does the client know the server does not support MPTCP and thus should be going through the proxy? Or does everything go through the proxy?
(This is similar to the question in implicit mode of how does the MCP know the server does not support MPTCP?)

2) Why make MP_CONVERT appear to be be part of MPTCP, when it’s not? In S4 you talk about it being included in the SYN payload - therefore it’s part of the TCP payload. This is fine and aligns with what I’ve been saying since IETF95 - the proposed protocol is not MPTCP-specific, and is simply signalling the target at the start of the TCP payload. This does not need to be a MPTCP option to make this happen.

To be clear - again - I have no issue with this work being done in MPTCP WG, it is “how to use proxies to increase deployment of MPTCP”. But this particular document is not MPTCP-specific; whether it is published here or elsewhere I don’t care, but it really shouldn’t’ be written as if it’s extending the MPTCP spec when there is no reason for it to be.

Finally, you earlier mentioned the possible effect on the base spec regarding a flag, but I see no mention of it in these docs.

Regards,
Alan


> On 28 Oct 2016, at 07:44, mohamed.boucadair@orange.com wrote:
> 
> Hi Phil, 
> 
> I remember, as well :-)
> 
> The drafts were completely rewritten to take into considerations the comments and also to help the chartering effort. Here is the set of the Network-Assisted MPTCP documents:
> 
> * An MPTCP Option for Network-Assisted MPTCP: https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-boucadair-mptcp-plain-mode-09 
> * Network-Assisted MPTCP: Use Cases, Deployment Scenarios and Operational Considerations: https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-nam-mptcp-deployment-considerations-00 
> * DHCP Options for Network-Assisted Multipath TCP: https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-boucadair-mptcp-dhc-06 
> * RADIUS Extensions for Network-Assisted Multipath TCP: https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-boucadair-mptcp-radius-03 
> 
> Questions, comments and suggestions are more than welcome!
> 
> Cheers,
> Med
> 
>> -----Message d'origine-----
>> De : multipathtcp [mailto:multipathtcp-bounces@ietf.org] De la part de
>> philip.eardley@bt.com
>> Envoyé : mercredi 26 octobre 2016 10:13
>> À : mirja.kuehlewind@tik.ee.ethz.ch; JACQUENET Christian IMT/OLN
>> Cc : multipathtcp@ietf.org
>> Objet : Re: [multipathtcp] potential MPTCP proxy charter item
>> 
>> Hi,
>> I remember in Berlin discussion about a new /merged version of Med and
>> Olivier's drafts - with a nice description of the protocol model to make
>> it easier to understand (both the high-level approach, and the assumptions
>> - especially as these are different to those of RFC6824). I think this
>> would make it easier to write text for a new charter item. (at least my
>> attempt to write a new charter item a while back was inaccurate
>> /inadequate).  Is this possible please?
>> I agree we want this work to happen - it's great to see MPTCP being widely
>> used and we want standardisation.
>> 
>> Best wishes
>> Phil.
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: multipathtcp [mailto:multipathtcp-bounces@ietf.org] On Behalf Of
>> Mirja Kühlewind
>> Sent: 25 October 2016 13:07
>> To: christian.jacquenet@orange.com
>> Cc: multipathtcp@ietf.org
>> Subject: Re: [multipathtcp] potential MPTCP proxy charter item
>> 
>> Hi all, hi Christian,
>> 
>> see below.
>> 
>>> Am 20.10.2016 um 08:50 schrieb christian.jacquenet@orange.com:
>>> 
>>> WG,
>>> 
>>> Let me second Med's recent replies to Yoshi, Mirja and Alan.
>>> 
>>> I too believe the mptcp WG is the right placeholder to work on an MPTCP
>> extension that can accommodate use cases which are currently being
>> investigated, marketed and - yes - deployed (for some of them, with their
>> procession of already-documented drawbacks (TCP-only communications) and
>> flaws, like QoS-affecting signaling delays) by some operators.
>>> 
>>> These use cases mainly fall under the so-called hybrid access service
>> offering umbrella, so that end-users can take advantage of various access
>> network technologies for the sake of optimized resource usage, among other
>> incentives.
>> 
>> I agree that these use case are interesting and work is needed here. See
>> further below.
>> 
>>> 
>>> I also believe MPTCP is the right solution to address such use cases.
>> 
>> As I mention previously there are two very different deployment scenarios:
>> a connection-terminating MPTCP proxy or a MPTCP tunnel solution. In
>> general using TCP as a tunneling technology is challenging and has a
>> broader scope than just MPTCP.
>> 
>> 
>>> As I already mentioned a while ago, working on an extension that can
>> facilitate the establishment of MPTCP connections in a network-assisted
>> fashion as we call it in the current Plain Transport Mode option draft
>> will not hinder MPTCP massive adoption but rather encourage it.
>>> 
>>> I also know there are already prototype implementations of such
>> extension that are currently being tested.
>>> 
>>> I therefore support the adoption of the MPTCP proxy charter item by the
>> mptcp WG, as this work addresses very concrete and short term use cases
>> that have been publicized by several operators.
>>> 
>>> And I think that this WG should start working asap on the set of
>> deliverables mentioned by Med in his recent response to Mirja: MPTCP
>> extension specification, deployment scenarios and operational
>> considerations and DHCP/RADIUS-based provisioning means.
>> 
>> An MPTCP extension specification is clearly in scope for MPTCP and can be
>> done right now without a charter change.
>> 
>> I’m not sure if deployment scenarios need to be documented (in an RFC). As
>> you said above there are already prototype and some real deployments as
>> well. Not sure why we need additional documentation here.
>> 
>> Operational consideration might or might not below in the MPTCP working
>> group. However, there is the BANANA BoF in Seoul that will discuss hybrid-
>> access services (and different approach to provide this service).
>> Depending where this effort goes that might be a better home or some wg in
>> intarea.
>> 
>> DHCP/RADIUS extension go into the DHC working group. They are charter to
>> specify these kind of extensions and you can start this work there
>> immediately.
>> 
>> I’m not saying we shouldn’t do this work; I’m just saying that MPTCP might
>> not be the right group for all parts of this work. This is my
>> recommendation as transport AD but I’m sure a rechartering discussion in
>> the IESG would provide similar feedback.
>> 
>> Mirja
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> 
>>> Cheers,
>>> 
>>> Christian.
>>> 
>>> -----Message d'origine-----
>>> De : multipathtcp [mailto:multipathtcp-bounces@ietf.org] De la part de
>>> mohamed.boucadair@orange.com Envoyé : jeudi 20 octobre 2016 08:15 À :
>>> Yoshifumi Nishida; Olivier.Bonaventure@uclouvain.be Cc :
>>> multipathtcp@ietf.org Objet : Re: [multipathtcp] potential MPTCP proxy
>>> charter item
>>> 
>>> Hi Yoshi,
>>> 
>>> The discussion I had with many operators is that they would like to see
>> both TCP and UDP addressed with the ** same solution**. This is why we
>> came up with the proposal to leverage MPTCP for other protocols (UDP,
>> mainly).
>>> 
>>> So, what I would ideally like to see in the mptcp WG proposed charter is
>> (with "X" being MPTCP):
>>> 
>>>> 1: Protocol X proxy:
>>>>   It speaks protocol X on behalf of communicating endpoints .
>>>>   From one end's point of view, it looks as if the other end speaks
>>>> protocol X.
>>> 
>>> And
>>> 
>>>> 3:  Protocol X-Y / Protocol Y-X gateway
>>>>    Convert protocol X into protocol Y, or convert protocol Y into
>>>> protocol X for protocol connectivity/compatibility, etc.
>>> 
>>> I know Olivier/Stefano have a better name to denote both these cases.
>>> 
>>> Cheers,
>>> Med
>>> 
>>>> -----Message d'origine-----
>>>> De : Yoshifumi Nishida [mailto:nishida@sfc.wide.ad.jp] Envoyé :
>>>> mercredi 19 octobre 2016 22:57 À : Olivier.Bonaventure@uclouvain.be
>>>> Cc
>>>> : Mirja Kühlewind; BOUCADAIR Mohamed IMT/OLN; multipathtcp@ietf.org
>>>> Objet : Re: [multipathtcp] potential MPTCP proxy charter item
>>>> 
>>>> Hello,
>>>> 
>>>> On Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 12:42 PM, Olivier Bonaventure
>>>> <Olivier.Bonaventure@uclouvain.be>; wrote:
>>>>> Mirja,
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> there are two cases to distinguish here:
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 1) you have one or two MPTCP proxies that terminate the TCP
>>>>>> connection
>>>> and
>>>>>> open a new MPTCP connection
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> There is a very clear demand for this type of solution and there are
>>>> various
>>>>> implementations that are available or are being developped. Several
>>>>> deployments exist and there is a large demand for this type of
>> services.
>>>> It
>>>>> would be silly for the IETF to ignore this use case after having
>>>>> spent
>>>> years
>>>>> to specify the Multipath TCP protocol.
>>>> 
>>>> I also think we should not ignore the use case.
>>>> But, I am somehow thinking that we might want to clarify the
>>>> terminologies a bit more so that we can have more clear focus.
>>>> 
>>>> I might be wrong, but these words give me the following impressions.
>>>> 
>>>> 1: Protocol X proxy:
>>>>   It speaks protocol X on behalf of communicating endpoints .
>>>>   From one end's point of view, it looks as if the other end speaks
>>>> protocol X.
>>>> 
>>>> 2: Tunneling over protocol X
>>>>    Protocol X carries other protocol Y packets (by using
>>>> encapsulation)  All info in protocol Y (headers, etc) will be
>>>> preserved.
>>>> 
>>>> 3:  Protocol X-Y / Protocol Y-X gateway
>>>>    Convert protocol X into protocol Y, or convert protocol Y into
>>>> protocol X for protocol connectivity/compatibility, etc.
>>>>    Some info in the original protocol might be lost due to the
>>>> conversion.
>>>> 
>>>> If I follow these impressions, it seems that some proposals are close
>>>> to 3. (again, I might be wrong) I might want to check if we want to
>>>> clarify this point in the charter or leave it ambiguous.
>>>> I am just wondering if we might need to clarify the terminology or
>>>> adding some texts to avoid miscommunications.
>>>> 
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> --
>>>> Yoshi
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