Data Centers

On Achieving Low Latency in Data Centers

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Executive Summary

Today's data centers face extreme challenges in providing low latency for online services such as web search, social networking, and recommendation systems. Achieving low latency is important as it impacts user experience, which in turn impacts operator revenue. However, most current congestion control protocols approximate Processor Sharing (PS), which is known to be sub-optimal for minimizing latency. In this paper, the authors propose Router Assisted Capacity Sharing (RACS), a data center transport protocol that minimizes flow completion times by approximating the Shortest Remaining Processing Time (SRPT) scheduling policy, which is known to be optimal, in a distributed manner.

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