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Re: [Ksummit-2005-discuss] Summary of 2005 Kernel Summit Proposed Topics

To: Rick Jones <rick.jones2@xxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Ksummit-2005-discuss] Summary of 2005 Kernel Summit Proposed Topics
From: jamal <hadi@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 29 Mar 2005 18:13:38 -0500
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On Tue, 2005-03-29 at 17:03, Rick Jones wrote:

> Eventually the TCP will hit its RTX limit and punt the connection, freeing 
> the 
> buffers kept for retransmission right?

If i read correctly the people arguing for iscsi say thats not good
enough. But they may be having other issues too...

> > 
> > On a slightly related topic: is SCSI (not iscsi) considered a reliable
> > protocol?
> > If yes, why would you wanna run a reliable protocol inside another
> > reliable protocol (TCP)?
> Isn't it better to consider TCP a protocol that provides reliable notice of 
> (presumed) failure rather than a "reliable protocol?"

You could if the parameters are adequely set (i think).

If both are reliable protocols then they would both have the standard
features and parameters:

- transmit (for simplicty assume window of 1)

loop for X times
- compute next retransmit time, Y, using some algorithm
- wait for ACK
- timeout 
- retransmit

so parameters X and retransmit time is where the conflict is.
If TCP is eagerly retransmitting a lot of bandwidth could be
wasted. if SCSI has X as infinite even more interesting things
could happen.
In any case i have seen horror stories of what happened to people
who tried to encapsulate an already reliable protocol inside TCP in
order to ship it across the big bad internet. I am pretty sure some
knowledgeable people were involved in getting iscsi going so it cant be
that simple. It would seem preferable to use SCTP instead.


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