QCN/DC: Quantized Congestion Notification with Delay-Based Congestion Detection in Data Center Networks


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E98-B   No.4   pp.585-595
Publication Date: 2015/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E98.B.585
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Network System
data center,  congestion control,  QCN,  

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Data center network is composed of high-speed Ethernet extended in a limited area of a data center building, so its RTT is extremely small of µsec order. In order to regulate data center network delay large part of which is queuing delay, QCN is proposed for layer 2 congestion control in IEEE 802.1Qau. QCN controls transmission rate of the sender by congestion feedback from a congested switch. QCN adopts probabilistic feedback transmission to reduce the control overhead. When the number of flows through a bottleneck link increases, some flows might receive no feedback even in congestion phase due to probabilistic feedback transmission. In this situation, queue length might be significantly fluctuated. In this paper, we propose a new delay-based congestion detection and control method. Our proposed delay-based congestion control is cooperated with the conventional QCN so as to detect and react congestion not detected by QCN.