Introduction to TCP


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Introduction to TCP

  1. 1. Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) T S Pradeep Kumar VIT Chennai
  2. 2. TCP Introduction • Process to Process communication like UDP • Stream Delivery service (Stream of Packets) • Uses buffers at sending and receiving • Segments • Full Duplex • Connection Oriented • Reliable
  3. 3. TCP
  4. 4. TCP with Pseudo Headers
  5. 5. Control Field - TCP
  6. 6. Connection Establishment • Three Way handshaking • passive open, active open • Data Transfer • Connection Termination • Connection Reset • deny (, abort (abnormal, use RST) , terminate (idle for long time, Use RST)
  7. 7. TCP • A SYN segment cannot carry data, but consumes one sequence number • A SYN +ACK segment cannot carry data, but consumes one sequence number. • An ACK segment, if carrying no data, consumes no sequence number.
  8. 8. Three way handshaking
  9. 9. Data Transfer
  10. 10. Connection Termination
  11. 11. Windows in TCP • send window • receive window
  12. 12. Send window
  13. 13. Window in TCP • rwnd = buffer size - number of waiting bytes to be pulled • send window will open, close and shrink • receive window will never shrink
  14. 14. Flow Control • Opening and closing of windows • Send window • closes if the receiver tells (when ack comes) • opens move the right wall to right (based on rwnd) • on some occasions it shrinks • receive window • closes (left wall moves to right) when more bytes arrive • opens (right wall moves to right) when bytes consumed by process
  15. 15. Flow control
  16. 16. Error Control • error control for • detecting and resending corrupted segments • resending lost segments • storing out of order segments • detecting and discarding duplicated segments. • Error control achieved by • checksum • acknowledgement • Time out
  17. 17. Checksum • Each segment carries a checksum value. • If a segment is corrupted as deleted by an invalid checksum, the segment is discarded and considered as lost.
  18. 18. Acknowledgement • Control and data segments consumes a sequence number, so they will be acknowledged • but ACK segments do not consume sequence numbers and they are not acknowledged • Types of acknowledgement • cumulative (ACK) • selective (SACK)
  19. 19. Acknowledgement • Cumulative (ACK) • sends the ack with a segment to be received • ignoring all the out of order or lost segments • Selective ack (SACK) • cumulative ack + additional information to the sender • reports the block of data that are out of order, duplicated segments. • usually this is implemented in the options field of the TCP headers.
  20. 20. ACK • Retransmission of segments • The segments are stored until the ACK is sent • a segment is retransmited • if three duplicate ACKs are received for the first segment • retransmission timer expires • Out of Order Segments • they are never discarded but stored temporarily until the missing segments arrive • but they are never delivered to the process
  21. 21. Fast retransmit
  22. 22. Receive window
  23. 23. Congestion Control • There are two windows • rwnd (receiver window) • cwnd (congestion window) • congestion window is the window in the network • Sender window = minimum (rwnd, cwnd) • sender will reduce the window size based on the receiver and network window size.
  24. 24. Congestion Control • Slow start • exponential increase till the threshold is reached • then congestion avoidance, if congestion is detected, goes back to slow start or congestion avoidance • Congestion avoidance • congestion detection
  25. 25. Slow Start Threshold • Starts the congestion window size with Maximum Segment Size (1) • Increase exponentially, for each ACK, the cwnd is increased by 1. • When it reaches the threshold, the phase changes to congestion avoidance (additive increase of cwnd). • If multiple segments are acknowledge accumulatively, the MSS increases to 1 and not 3. But still the growth is exponential, but not in powers of 2
  26. 26. Slow Start Threshold
  27. 27. Congestion Avoidance • Additive increase of window size • when whole window of segments, the size of the congestion is increase by one • This phase will go on until congestion is detected. • Once congestion is detected, the system goes back to ssthrehold or congestion avoidance based on the severity of the congestion.
  28. 28. congestion avoidance
  29. 29. Congestion Detection • Multiplicative Decrease • Sender understands the congestion, only when there is a need to retransmit a segment • RTO timer expires (Severe congestion) • Three duplicate ACKs (Mild congestion)
  30. 30. Congestion detection • If a time-out occurs, there is a stronger possibility of congestion; a segment has probably been dropped in the network and there is no news about the following sent segments. In this case TCP reacts strongly: • It sets the value of the threshold to half of the current window size. • It reduces cwnd back to one segment • It starts the slow start phase again.
  31. 31. Congestion Detection • If three duplicate ACKs are received, there is a weaker possibility of congestion; a segment may have been dropped but some segments after that have arrived safely since three duplicate ACKs are received. This is called fast transmission and fast recovery. In this case, TCP has a weaker reaction as shown below: • It sets the value of the threshold to half of the current window size. • It sets cwnd to the value of the threshold (some implementations add three segment sizes to the threshold). • It starts the congestion avoidance phase.
  32. 32. Congestion control policy
  33. 33. Tcp Timers • Timers • Retransmission • Persistence • Keepalive • TIME WAIT
  34. 34. Retransmission Timers • To retransmit lost segments, TCP employs one retransmission timer (for the whole connection period) that handles the retransmission time-out (RTO), the waiting time for a acknowledgment of a segment. • When TCP sends the segment in front of the sending queue, it starts the timer. • When the timer expires, TCP resends the first segment in front of the queue, and restarts the timer. • When a segment (or segments) are cumulatively acknowledged, the segment (or segments) are purged from the queue. • If the queue is empty, TCP stops the timer; otherwise, TCP restarts the timer.
  35. 35. Persistence Timer • This timer is started when a size zero window is received by the sender. • Once a size zero window received, persistence timer is started and the sending node sends a special segment called a probe (1byte data which consumes a sequence number but this probe will never be acknowledged) • The probe causes the receiving TCP to resend the acknowledgment. • This process will go on until the non zero window size is received by the sender.
  36. 36. Keepalive Timer • This timer is to prevent a long idle connection between two TCPs • If a client is crashed after it opens a Tcp connection, the connection is open forever. • So a server is running with a keepalive timer • Each time the server hears from a client, it resets this timer. • The time-out is usually 2 hours. • If the server does not hear from the client after 2 hours, it sends a probe segment. If there is no response after 10 probes, each of which is 75 s apart, it assumes that the client is down and terminates the connection.
  37. 37. TIME WAIT Timer • Timer is used during connection termination • When the FIN segment is received, the client sends an ACK segment and goes to the TIME-WAIT state and sets a timer for a time-out value of twice the maximum segment lifetime (MSL).
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