Programmable Session Layer MULTI-Connectivity

Seppo Hatonen, Ashwin Rao, Sasu Tarkoma
2021 IEEE Access  
Our devices can use a wide range of communication technologies such as multiple cellular technologies (4G/5G), WiFi, and also Ethernet. At the same time, applications have a choice of a wide range of transport protocols such as QUIC and TCP that can be fine-tuned and optimized according to their needs. However, in spite of these advances, offering seamless multiconnectivity to applications continues to be a hard problem. The key factors that continue to be a roadblock towards achieving seamless
more » ... multiconnectivity include a) applications cannot specify the communication technologies to be used by their flows, and b) the traditional definition of a connection endpoint was not designed to support mobile nodes. In this paper we discuss the key challenges that make this problem hard. We also present MULTI, a session layer approach that can be leveraged to address some of the key sub-problems of this problem. For instance, we observe that MULTI incurred a small overhead (less than 5% decrease in throughput) when using TCP compared to the native asyncio python library.
doi:10.1109/access.2021.3137991 fatcat:7caizkqh7nhspnfdjmuawido7a