Optimizing Transport Protocols for Modern Data Center Networks

October 31, 2019
3:00 PM
Halligan 102
Speaker: Minlan Yu, Harvard University
Host: Fahad Dogar


Data center applications increasingly rely on high throughput and low latency performance in the transport layer. However, optimizing transport layer in data centers is challenging because it needs to work with ultra-low latency, high bandwidth, and large-scale networks. In this talk, we show that by leveraging recent advances in hardware, there are new opportunities to capture detailed information at hosts and switches for diagnosing and optimizing transport-layer performance. We give two examples in our work: First, we present DETER, a deterministic replay tool that enables detailed packet level information at hosts to help diagnose many TCP performance problems. Second, we present HPCC, a high-precision congestion control protocol, that leverages detailed queuing information at switches for optimizing RDMA performance.


Minlan Yu is an associate professor at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science. She received her B.A. in computer science and mathematics from Peking University in 2006 and her M.A. and Ph.D in computer science from Princeton University in 2008 and 2011. Her research interests include data networking, distributed systems, enterprise and data center networks, network virtualization, and software-defined networking. She received ACM SIGCOMM doctoral dissertation award in 2011 and NSF CAREER award in 2015. She served as PC co-chair for NSDI 2019 and several other conferences and workshops.