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1 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 1 Chapter 12 Upon completion you will be able to: Transmission Control Protocol Be able to name and understand the services offered by TCP Understand TCP’s flow and error control and congestion control Be familiar with the fields in a TCP segment Understand the phases in a connection-oriented connection Understand the TCP transition state diagram Be able to name and understand the timers used in TCP Be familiar with the TCP options Objectives

2 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 2 Figure 12.1 TCP/IP protocol suite TCP provides a set of services. What are those services?

3 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 3 Table 12.1 Well-known ports used by TCP TCP provides a process-to-process communication service using port numbers.

4 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 4 Figure 12.4 TCP segments TCP provides a stream delivery service. It breaks up the data stream into segments of variable size. Each segment receives a header and is handed off to the IP layer.

5 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 5 Figure 12.4 TCP services and features TCP can create a full-duplex service. Data can flow in both directions at the same time; buffers on each side hold the data to be transmitted and sent. TCP provides a connection-oriented service: the two TCPs establish a connection, data is exchanged, and the connection is terminated. TCP provides a reliable service. Furthermore, TCP has a number of features. All bytes transferred are numbered by TCP. The numbering starts with a random value.

6 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 6 Suppose a TCP connection is transferring a file of 5000 bytes. The first byte is numbered What are the sequence numbers for each segment if data is sent in five segments, each carrying 1000 bytes? Example 2 Solution The following shows the sequence number for each segment: Segment 1 ➡ Sequence Number: 10,001 (range: 10,001 to 11,000) Segment 2 ➡ Sequence Number: 11,001 (range: 11,001 to 12,000) Segment 3 ➡ Sequence Number: 12,001 (range: 12,001 to 13,000) Segment 4 ➡ Sequence Number: 13,001 (range: 13,001 to 14,000) Segment 5 ➡ Sequence Number: 14,001 (range: 14,001 to 15,000)

7 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 7 The value in the sequence number field of a segment defines the number of the first data byte contained in that segment. The value of the acknowledgment field in a segment defines the number of the next byte a party expects to receive. The acknowledgment number is cumulative.

8 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 8 Figure 12.4 TCP services and features TCP also provides flow control, error control, and congestion control. We will examine each of these shortly. Before we do, let’s examine the TCP header a little more closely. The TCP packet is called a segment (but most people just call it a packet).

9 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 9 Figure 12.5 TCP segment format (packets in TCP are called segments) Window size set by receiver with max = 65,535 bytes

10 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 10 Figure 12.6 Control field More on these bits later.

11 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 11 Figure 12.7 Pseudoheader added to the TCP datagram to calculate checksum

12 TCP/IP Protocol Suite A TCP CONNECTION TCP is connection-oriented. A connection-oriented transport protocol establishes a virtual path between the source and destination. All of the segments belonging to a message are then sent over this virtual path. A connection-oriented transmission requires three phases: connection establishment, data transfer, and connection termination. The topics discussed in this section include: Connection Establishment Data Transfer Connection Termination Connection Reset

13 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 13 Figure 12.9 Connection establishment using three-way handshaking A server tells its TCP that it is ready to make a connection - this is called a passive open. + rwnd is the receiver window size, as we will see later. Note: SYN bit is set in first packet; 8000 chosen randomly Should this be 8001?

14 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 14 A SYN segment cannot carry data, but it consumes one sequence number. A SYN + ACK segment cannot carry data, but does consume one sequence number. An ACK segment, if carrying no data, consumes no sequence number.

15 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 15 SYN flooding attack is when a bad person floods a server with bogus SYN packets. The server spends a lot of time and resources replying to the SYN packets. To counter these attacks, some servers postpone resource allocation until the entire connection is set up using a cookie.

16 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 16 Figure Data transfer Notice how the ACK and SEQ # are piggybacked. Push flag means deliver the data to the receiver as soon as it is received (don’t put it in a buffer and hold until you have enough bytes for a complete segment). This feature is usually ignored. Can also send Urgent data by setting the Urg bit. This data is then processed immediately. For example, you want to send a Ctrl-C to stop.

17 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 17 Figure Connection termination using three-way handshaking A FIN segment consumes one sequence number if it does not carry data. So should third segment be seq: x+1?

18 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 18 Figure Half-close Client is finished, but Server is not yet finished. So Server ACKs the Client’s FIN, but does not signal its own FIN just yet. y-1 x+1

19 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 19 Connection Reset Using the Reset flag (RST), one can: Deny a request for a connection Abort a current connection Terminate an idle connection

20 TCP/IP Protocol Suite STATE TRANSITION DIAGRAM To keep track of all the different events happening during connection establishment, connection termination, and data transfer, the TCP software is implemented as a finite state machine.. The topics discussed in this section include: Scenarios

21 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 21 Table 12.3 States for TCP

22 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 22 Figure State transition diagram

23 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 23 Figure Common scenario

24 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 24 The common value for MSL is between 30 seconds and 1 minute. Note:

25 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 25 Figure Three-way handshake

26 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 26 Figure Simultaneous open

27 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 27 Figure Simultaneous close

28 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 28 Figure Denying a connection

29 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 29 Figure Aborting a connection

30 TCP/IP Protocol Suite FLOW CONTROL Flow control regulates the amount of data a source can send before receiving an acknowledgment from the destination. TCP defines a window that is imposed on the buffer of data delivered from the application program. The topics discussed in this section include: Sliding Window Protocol Silly Window Syndrome

31 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 31 Figure Sliding window rwnd is the receiver window size; cwnd is the congestion window size

32 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 32 A sliding window is used to make transmission more efficient as well as to control the flow of data so that the destination does not become overwhelmed with data. TCP’s sliding windows are byte oriented. Note:

33 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 33 What is the value of the receiver window (rwnd) for host A if the receiver, host B, has a buffer size of 5,000 bytes and 1,000 bytes of received and unprocessed data? Example 3 Solution The value of rwnd = 5,000 − 1,000 = 4,000. Host B can receive only 4,000 bytes of data before overflowing its buffer. Host B advertises this value in its next segment to A.

34 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 34 What is the size of the window for host A if the value of rwnd is 3,000 bytes and the value of cwnd is 3,500 bytes? Example 4 Solution The size of the window is the smaller of rwnd and cwnd, which is 3,000 bytes.

35 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 35 Figure shows an unrealistic example of a sliding window. The sender has sent bytes up to 202. We assume that cwnd is 20 (in reality this value is thousands of bytes). The receiver has sent an acknowledgment number of 200 with an rwnd of 9 bytes (in reality this value is thousands of bytes). The size of the sender window is the minimum of rwnd and cwnd or 9 bytes. Bytes 200 to 202 are sent, but not yet acknowledged. Bytes 203 to 208 can be sent without worrying about acknowledgment. Bytes 209 and above cannot be sent. Example 5

36 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 36 Figure Example 5 Next, the server receives a packet with an acknowledgment value of 202 and an rwnd of 9. The host has already sent bytes 203, 204, and 205. The value of cwnd is still 20. Show the new window.

37 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 37 Figure Example 6 Next, the sender receives a packet with an acknowledgment value of 206 and an rwnd of 12. The host has not sent any new bytes. The value of cwnd is still 20. Show the new window.

38 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 38 Figure Example 7 Assume the sender has sent bytes 206 to 209. The sender’s window shrinks accordingly. Now the sender receives a packet with an acknowledgment value of 210 and an rwnd of 5. The value of cwnd is still 20. Show the new window.

39 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 39 Figure Example 8

40 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 40 How can the receiver avoid shrinking the window in the previous example? Example 9 Solution The receiver needs to keep track of the last acknowledgment number and the last rwnd. If we add the acknowledgment number to rwnd we get the byte number following the right wall. If we want to prevent the right wall from moving to the left (shrinking), we must always have the following relationship. new ack + new rwnd ≥ last ack + last rwnd or new rwnd ≥ (last ack + last rwnd) − new ack

41 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 41 To avoid shrinking the sender window, the receiver must wait until more space is available in its buffer. Window Shutdown While you shouldn’t shrink the window, you can send rwnd = 0 to close the window. Sender can still send a “probe” packet.

42 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 42 Some points about TCP’s sliding windows: ❏ The size of the window is the lesser of rwnd and cwnd. ❏ The source does not have to send a full window’s worth of data. ❏ The window can be opened or closed by the receiver, but should not be shrunk. ❏ The destination can send an acknowledgment at any time as long as it does not result in a shrinking window. ❏ The receiver can temporarily shut down the window; the sender, however, can always send a segment of one byte after the window is shut down. Note:

43 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 43 Figure Silly Window Syndrome Silly Window Syndrome - What if TCP sends segments that are only 1 byte long? You would have 40 bytes of header, 1 byte of data, for a total of 41 bytes. Very wasteful! TCP should wait until it has more data before it sends a 1-byte segment. But how long should it wait to assemble data? Nagle’s Algorithm: 1. The sending TCP sends the first piece of data it receives from the sending application even if it is only 1 byte. 2. After sending the first segment, the sending TCP accumulates data in the output buffer and waits until either the receiving TCP sends an ack or until enough data has accumulated to fill a maximum-size segment. At this time, the sending TCP can send the segment. 3. Step 2 is repeated for the rest of the transmission.

44 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 44 Figure Silly Window Syndrome Silly Window Syndrome - What happens if the receiving TCP has a buffer size of 1000 bytes and the sending TCP has just sent 1000 bytes. The receiving buffer is now full so the receiver tells the sender to stop (window size = 0). The receiver now reads 1 byte of data, processes it, and sends a window size of 1 (because now there is one space in the input buffer). The sender gets the window size and sends 1 byte. This procedure continues. Clark’s Solution - Acknowledge receipt right away, but don’t change the window size until you have at least half the buffer space available. Or, delay the ack until there is a decent amount of buffer space available.

45 TCP/IP Protocol Suite ERROR CONTROL TCP provides reliability using error control, which detects corrupted, lost, out-of-order, and duplicated segments. Error control in TCP is achieved through the use of the checksum, acknowledgment, and time- out. The topics discussed in this section include: ChecksumAcknowledgment Acknowledgment Type Retransmission Out-of-Order Segments Some Scenarios

46 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 46 TCP Error Control TCP supports basic error control. It uses a 16-bit arithmetic checksum, similar to the ones we have already seen. TCP uses the ACK message to confirm receipt of segments. There are a number of basic rules pertaining to ACKs: Rule 1: When one ends sends data, it must piggyback the ACK for any data received. (Example in just a moment) Rule 2: If a receiver has no data to send and a segment arrives, do not ACK it immediately. Wait until two segments arrive, then ACK. Or wait 500 ms after the first segment then ACK.

47 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 47 Figure Normal operation

48 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 48 TCP Error Control Rule 3: When a segment arrives with an expected sequence number and the previous in-order segment has not been ACKed, the receiver immediately sends an ACK. (Example on previous slide) Rule 4: When a segment arrives with a sequence number higher than expected, the receiver immediately sends an ACK announcing the sequence number it expected. This leads to fast retransmission, which we will see shortly. Rule 5: When a missing segment arrives, the receiver sends an ACK segment to announce the sequence number expected. This informs the receiver that segments reported missing have been received. (Example on next slide) Rule 6: If a duplicate segment arrives, receiver immediately sends an ACK. This solves some problems when an ACK itself is lost. (Example on next slide)

49 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 49 Figure Lost segment

50 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 50 TCP Error Control Furthermore, a retransmission will occur if the retransmission timer (RTO) expires, or three duplicate ACKs arrive in order. (For RTO example, see previous slide.) (For three ACKs, see next slide.)

51 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 51 Figure Three ACKs in a row, fast retransmission

52 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 52 Figure Lost acknowledgment

53 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 53 Figure Lost acknowledgment corrected by resending a segment

54 TCP/IP Protocol Suite CONGESTION CONTROL Congestion control refers to the mechanisms and techniques to keep the load below the capacity. The topics discussed in this section include: Network Performance Congestion Control Mechanisms Congestion Control in TCP

55 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 55 Figure Router queues

56 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 56 Figure Packet delay and network load

57 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 57 Figure Throughput versus network load

58 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 58 Generic Types of Congestion Control Open loop - no feedback used; try to control congestion before it happens Retransmission policy Acknowledgment policy Discard policy Closed loop - feedback tries to control congestion as it is happening Back pressure Choke point (similar to ICMP’s source quench) Implicit signaling (observing some other behavior) Explicit signaling

59 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 59 TCP Congestion Control How does TCP spell relief? Congestion window - recall the cwnd value? Network sets this value and source takes minimum(rwnd, cwnd) Slow start algorithm - cwnd starts at 1. With each ACK received, cwnd doubles. So second time cwnd = 2, then 4, then 8, etc. The cwnd value does not increase forever. cwnd stops when it equals ssthresh, which has a max size of 65,535. When cwnd equals ssthresh, slow start stops and additive phase begins. Additive phase increases the cwnd by 1 each time an ACK is received.

60 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 60 Figure Slow start, exponential increase

61 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 61 Figure Congestion avoidance, additive increase

62 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 62 TCP Congestion Control What happens if congestion occurs? If an RTO timer times out, there is probably congestion. So cut the threshold in half, set cwnd back to 1, and restart the slow start phase again (ouch!). If three ACKs in a row are received, there may be congestion. So cut the threshold in half, set cwnd to the value of the threshold, and restart the avoidance phase.

63 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 63 Figure TCP congestion policy summary

64 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 64 Figure Congestion example

65 TCP/IP Protocol Suite TCP TIMERS To perform its operation smoothly, most TCP implementations use at least four timers: Retransmission Timer Persistence Timer Keepalive Timer TIME-WAIT Timer

66 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 66 Retransmission Timer To retransmit a lost segment, TCP employs a retransmission timer that handles the retransmission time-out (RTO), the waiting time for an ACK of a segment. If an ACK is received before the timer goes off, toss the timer. If timer goes off before ACK is received, segment is retransmitted and timer is reset. To calculate the RTO value, we’ll need a couple other values.

67 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 67 Retransmission Timer The first value we need to know is the round trip time (RTT) of sending a segment and then getting the ACK. To calculate RTT, we could use the RTT Measured value (simply time ACK received minus time packet sent), but this value varies greatly on today’s Internet. So instead, we will calculate RTT Smoothed. First time: RTT Smoothed = RTT Measured After that: RTT Smoothed = (1-a) x RTT Smoothed + a x RTT Measured where a normally is set to 1/8.

68 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 68 Retransmission Timer Most implementations also use the RTT Deviation. First time: RTT Deviation = RTT Measured / 2 After that: RTT Deviation = (1-b) x RTT Deviation + b x |Smoothed RTT - Measured RTT| Where b usually equals 1/4. Finally, RTO = RTT Smoothed + 4 x RTT Deviation

69 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 69 Let us give a hypothetical example. Figure shows part of a connection. The figure shows the connection establishment and part of the data transfer phases. Example When the SYN segment is sent, there is no value for RTT M, RTT S, or RTT D. The value of RTO is initially set to 6.00 seconds. The following shows the value of these variables at this moment: RTT M =RTT S = RTT D = RTO = When the SYN+ACK segment arrives, RTT M is measured and is equal to 1.5 seconds. The next slide shows the values of these variables:

70 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 70 Example 10 (continued) RTT M = 1.5RTT S = 1.5 RTT D = 1.5 / 2 = 0.75RTO = x 0.75 = When the first data segment is sent, a new RTT measurement starts. Note that the sender does not start an RTT measurement when it sends the ACK segment, because it does not consume a sequence number and there is no time-out. No RTT measurement starts for the second data segment because a measurement is already in progress. RTT M = 2.5 RTT S = 7/8 (1.5) + 1/8 (2.5) = RTT D = 3/4 (.75) + 1/4 |1.625 − 2.5| = 0.78 TYPO HERE IN BOOK!! RTO = (0.78) = 4.74

71 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 71 Figure Example 10

72 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 72 Karn’s Algorithm When the sending TCP receives an ACK for a segment, is this the ACK for the original segment, or for the retransmitted segment? Depending upon which one you choose can affect the calculation of your RTO timer. So Karn says do not consider the round trip time of a retransmitted segment in the calculation of the new RTT. Do not update the value of RTT until you send a segment and receive an ACK without the need for retransmission.

73 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 73 Exponential Backoff What is the value of RTO if a retransmission occurs? Most TCP implementations use an exponential backoff strategy. The value of RTO is doubled for each retransmission. See the next slide for an example of this.

74 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 74 Figure is a continuation of the previous example. There is retransmission and Karn’s algorithm is applied. The first segment in the figure is sent, but lost. The RTO timer expires after 4.74 seconds. The segment is retransmitted and the timer is set to 9.48, twice the previous value of RTO. This time an ACK is received before the time-out. We wait until we send a new segment and receive the ACK for it before recalculating the RTO (Karn’s algorithm). Example 11

75 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 75 Figure Example 11

76 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 76 The Other Timers What about the other timers? Persistence Timer What if a receiver sends you a window size of 0? You stop transmitting until you receive an ACK with a new window size. What happens if this ACK is lost? Connection goes dead. So set the persistence timer to say, 60s when you receive a window size of 0. If you hear nothing after 60s, send a special probe. No answer again after 60s, send another probe.

77 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 77 The Other Timers Keepalive Timer If two sides transfer data and then go silent, is the connection still valid? Or did it die somehow? Each time a server hears something from the other side, set the Keepalive Timer to say, 2 hours. If the server doesn’t hear anything within 2 hours, it sends a probe. No response after 10 probes (each of which is 75s apart)? Then terminate the connection.

78 TCP/IP Protocol Suite OPTIONS The TCP header can have up to 40 bytes of optional information. Options convey additional information to the destination or align other options.

79 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 79 Figure Options

80 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 80 Figure Maximum-segment-size option This option (set during connection initialization) defines the maximum size of the data field within a segment. Max size is 65,536 bytes; default is 536 bytes.

81 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 81 Figure Window-scale-factor option In case a window size of 16 bits (65,536 bytes) is not big enough, you can set the window-scale factor. The new window size if found by first raising 2 to the number specified in the window scale factor, then this result is multiplied by the value of the window size in the header. For example, if window size in header is already set at 32,768 and scale factor = 3, then 2^3 * = 262,144 bytes. This can only be set during connection establishment time.

82 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 82 Figure Timestamp option Can use this option to calculate round trip time RTT.

83 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 83 Figure shows an example that calculates the round-trip time for one end. Everything must be flipped if we want to calculate the RTT for the other end. Example 12 The sender simply inserts the value of the clock (for example, the number of seconds past from midnight) in the timestamp field for the first and second segment. When an acknowledgment comes (the third segment), the value of the clock is checked and the value of the echo reply field is subtracted from the current time. RTT is 12 s in this scenario.

84 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 84 The receiver’s function is more involved. It keeps track of the last acknowledgment sent (12000). When the first segment arrives, it contains the bytes to The first byte is the same as the value of lastack. It then copies the timestamp value (4720) into the tsrecent variable. The value of lastack is still (no new acknowledgment has been sent). When the second segment arrives, since none of the byte numbers in this segment include the value of lastack, the value of the timestamp field is ignored. When the receiver decides to send an accumulative acknowledgment with acknowledgment 12200, it changes the value of lastack to and inserts the value of tsrecent in the echo reply field. The value of tsrecent will not change until it isreplaced by a new segment that carries byte (next segment). Example 12 (Continued)

85 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 85 Note that as the example shows, the RTT calculated is the time difference between sending the first segment and receiving the third segment. This is actually the meaning of RTT: the time difference between a packet sent and the acknowledgment received. The third segment carries the acknowledgment for the first and second segments. Example 12 (Continued)

86 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 86 Figure Example 12 The time-stamp option can also be used for PAWS (protection against wrapped sequence numbers)

87 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 87 Figure SACK

88 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 88 Let us see how the SACK option is used to list out-of-order blocks. In Figure an end has received five segments of data. Example 13 The first and second segments are in consecutive order. An accumulative acknowledgment can be sent to report the reception of these two segments. Segments 3, 4, and 5, however, are out of order with a gap between the second and third and a gap between the fourth and the fifth. An ACK and a SACK together can easily clear the situation for the sender. The value of ACK is2001, which means that the sender need not worry about bytes 1 to The SACK has two blocks. The first block announces that bytes 4001 to 6000 have arrived out of order. The second block shows that bytes 8001 to 9000 have also arrived out of order. This means that bytes 2001 to 4000 and bytes 6001 to 8000 are lost or discarded. The sender can resend only these bytes.

89 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 89 Figure Example 13

90 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 90 The example in Figure shows how a duplicate segment can be detected with a combination of ACK and SACK. In this case, we have some out-of-order segments (in one block) and one duplicate segment. To show both out-of-order and duplicate data, SACK uses the first block, in this case, to show the duplicate data and other blocks to show out-of-order data. Note that only the first block can be used for duplicate data. The natural question is how the sender, when it receives these ACK and SACK values knows that the first block is for duplicate data (compare this example with the previous example). The answer is that the bytes in the first block are already acknowledged in the ACK field; therefore, this block must be a duplicate. Example 14

91 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 91 Figure Example 14

92 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 92 The example in Figure shows what happens if one of the segments in the out-of-order section is also duplicated. In this example, one of the segments (4001:5000) is duplicated. The SACK option announces this duplicate data first and then the out-of-order block. This time, however, the duplicated block is not yet acknowledged by ACK, but because it is part of the out- of-order block (4001:5000 is part of 4001:6000), it is understood by the sender that it defines the duplicate data. Example 15

93 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 93 Figure Example 15

94 TCP/IP Protocol Suite TCP PACKAGE We present a simplified, bare-bones TCP package to simulate the heart of TCP. The package involves tables called transmission control blocks, a set of timers, and three software modules. The topics discussed in this section include: Transmission Control Blocks (TCBs) Timers Main Module Input Processing Module Output Processing Module

95 TCP/IP Protocol Suite 95 Figure TCP package


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