Network Aware Applications: A Background Transfer Service

  • Peter Key
  • Laurent Massoulié
  • Bing Wang

Proceedings of Forty-First Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing |

Network aware applications react to changing network conditions, offering potential quality of service differentiation without network support. We describe an application level approach to designing a low priority service — one that is ‘lower than best-effort’ in the context of the Internet. Such applications are appropriate for background file transfers, such as OS updates. We use a receive window control to limit the transfer rate of the application, and the optimal rate is determined by detecting a change-point. We motivate this joint control-estimation problem by considering a fluid-based optimisation framework, and describe practical solutions, based on stochastic approximation and binary search techniques. Simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach.