The QUIC transport protocol: design and Internet-scale deployment

The QUIC transport protocol: design and Internet-scale deployment Langley et al., SIGCOMM’17 QUIC is a transport protocol designed from the ground up by Google improve the performance of HTTPS traffic. The chances are you’ve already used it - QUIC is deployed in Chrome, in the YouTube mobile app, and in the Google Search app on … Continue reading The QUIC transport protocol: design and Internet-scale deployment

A longitudinal, end-to-end view of the DNSSEC ecosystem

A longitudinal, end-to-end view of the DNSSEC ecosystem Chung et al., USENIX Security 2017 DNS, the Domain Name System, provides a vital function on the Internet, mapping names to values. Unprotected, it's also an attractive target for hackers with attack vectors such DNS spoofing and cache poisoning. Thus about two decades ago a set of … Continue reading A longitudinal, end-to-end view of the DNSSEC ecosystem

FM Backscatter: Enabling connected cities and smart fabrics

FM Backscatter: Enabling connected cities and smart fabrics Wang et al., NSDI'17 If we want to connect all the things, then we need a means of sending and/or receiving information at each thing. These transmissions require power, and no-one wants to have to plug in chargers or keep swapping batteries for endless everyday objects. So … Continue reading FM Backscatter: Enabling connected cities and smart fabrics

BBR: Congestion-based congestion control

BBR: Congestion-based congestion control Cardwell et al., ACM Queue Sep-Oct 2016 With thanks to Hossein Ghodse (@hossg) for recommending today's paper selection. This is the story of how members of Google's make-tcp-fast project developed and deployed a new congestion control algorithm for TCP called BBR (for Bandwidth Bottleneck and Round-trip propagation time), leading to 2-25x … Continue reading BBR: Congestion-based congestion control

Data provenance at internet scale: architecture, experiences, and the road ahead

Data provenance at Internet scale: Architecture, experiences, and the road ahead Chen et al., CIDR 2017 Provenance within the context of a single database has been reasonably well studied. In this paper though, Chen et al., explore what happens when you try to trace provenance in a distributed setting and at larger scale. The context … Continue reading Data provenance at internet scale: architecture, experiences, and the road ahead

FaSST: Fast, scalable and simple distributed transactions with two-sided (RDMA) datagram RPCs

FaSST: Fast, scalable and simple distributed transactions with two-sided (RDMA) datagram rpcs Kalia et al., OSDI 2016 Back in January I wrote a short piece entitled ‘All change please’ looking at some of the hardware changes making their way to our datacenters and the implications. One of those changes is super-fast networking (as exploited by … Continue reading FaSST: Fast, scalable and simple distributed transactions with two-sided (RDMA) datagram RPCs