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On the Usage of Transport Features Provided by IETF Transport Protocols

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                          M. Welzl
Request for Comments: 8303                            University of Oslo
Category: Informational                                        M. Tuexen
ISSN: 2070-1721                         Muenster Univ. of Appl. Sciences
                                                              N. Khademi
                                                      University of Oslo
                                                           February 2018

                   On the Usage of Transport Features
                  Provided by IETF Transport Protocols


This document describes how the transport protocols Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), MultiPath TCP (MPTCP), Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Lightweight User Datagram Protocol (UDP-Lite) expose services to applications and how an application can configure and use the features that make up these services. It also discusses the service provided by the Low Extra Delay Background Transport (LEDBAT) congestion control mechanism. The description results in a set of transport abstractions that can be exported in a transport services (TAPS) API. Status of This Memo This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is published for informational purposes. This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). It represents the consensus of the IETF community. It has received public review and has been approved for publication by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). Not all documents approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841. Information about the current status of this document, any errata, and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction ....................................................3 2. Terminology .....................................................5 3. Pass 1 ..........................................................6 3.1. Primitives Provided by TCP .................................6 3.1.1. Excluded Primitives or Parameters ...................9 3.2. Primitives Provided by MPTCP ..............................10 3.3. Primitives Provided by SCTP ...............................11 3.3.1. Excluded Primitives or Parameters ..................18 3.4. Primitives Provided by UDP and UDP-Lite ...................18 3.5. The Service of LEDBAT .....................................19 4. Pass 2 .........................................................20 4.1. CONNECTION-Related Primitives .............................21 4.2. DATA-Transfer-Related Primitives ..........................38 5. Pass 3 .........................................................41 5.1. CONNECTION-Related Transport Features .....................41 5.2. DATA-Transfer-Related Transport Features ..................47 5.2.1. Sending Data .......................................47 5.2.2. Receiving Data .....................................48 5.2.3. Errors .............................................49 6. IANA Considerations ............................................49 7. Security Considerations ........................................49 8. References .....................................................50 8.1. Normative References ......................................50 8.2. Informative References ....................................52 Appendix A. Overview of RFCs Used as Input for Pass 1 .............54 Appendix B. How This Document Was Developed .......................54 Acknowledgements ..................................................56 Authors' Addresses ................................................56
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1. Introduction

This specification describes how transport protocols offer transport services, such that applications using them are no longer directly tied to a specific protocol. Breaking this strict connection can reduce the effort for an application programmer, yet attain greater transport flexibility by pushing complexity into an underlying transport services (TAPS) system. This design process has started with a survey of the services provided by IETF transport protocols and congestion control mechanisms [RFC8095]. The present document and [RFC8304] complement this survey with an in-depth look at the defined interactions between applications and the following unicast transport protocols: Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), MultiPath TCP (MPTCP), Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Lightweight User Datagram Protocol (UDP-Lite). We also define a primitive to enable/disable and configure the Low Extra Delay Background Transport (LEDBAT) unicast congestion control mechanism. For UDP and UDP-Lite, the first step of the protocol analysis -- a discussion of relevant RFC text -- is documented in [RFC8304]. This snapshot in time of the IETF transport protocols is published as an RFC to document the analysis by the authors and the TAPS Working Group; this generates a set of transport abstractions that can be exported in a TAPS API. It provides the basis for the minimal set of transport services that end systems supporting TAPS should implement [TAPS-MINSET]. The list of primitives, events, and transport features in this document is strictly based on the parts of protocol specifications that describe what the protocol provides to an application using it and how the application interacts with it. Transport protocols provide communication between processes that operate on network endpoints, which means that they allow for multiplexing of communication between the same IP addresses, and this multiplexing is achieved using port numbers. Port multiplexing is therefore assumed to be always provided and not discussed in this document. Parts of a protocol that are explicitly stated as optional to implement are not covered. Interactions between the application and a transport protocol that are not directly related to the operation of the protocol are also not covered. For example, there are various ways for an application to use socket options to indicate its interest in receiving certain notifications [RFC6458]. However, for the purpose of identifying primitives, events, and transport features, the ability to enable or disable the reception of notifications is irrelevant. Similarly, "one-to-many style sockets"
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   [RFC6458] just affect the application programming style, not how the
   underlying protocol operates, and they are therefore not discussed
   here.  The same is true for the ability to obtain the unchanged value
   of a parameter that an application has previously set (e.g., via
   "get" in get/set operations [RFC6458]).

   The document presents a three-pass process to arrive at a list of
   transport features.  In the first pass (pass 1), the relevant RFC
   text is discussed per protocol.  In the second pass (pass 2), this
   discussion is used to derive a list of primitives and events that are
   uniformly categorized across protocols.  Here, an attempt is made to
   present or -- where text describing primitives or events does not yet
   exist -- construct primitives or events in a slightly generalized
   form to highlight similarities.  This is, for example, achieved by
   renaming primitives or events of protocols or by avoiding a strict
   1:1 mapping between the primitives or events in the protocol
   specification and primitives or events in the list.  Finally, the
   third pass (pass 3) presents transport features based on pass 2,
   identifying which protocols implement them.

   In the list resulting from the second pass, some transport features
   are missing because they are implicit in some protocols, and they
   only become explicit when we consider the superset of all transport
   features offered by all protocols.  For example, TCP always carries
   out congestion control; we have to consider it together with a
   protocol like UDP (which does not have congestion control) before we
   can consider congestion control as a transport feature.  The complete
   list of transport features across all protocols is therefore only
   available after pass 3.

   Some protocols are connection oriented.  Connection-oriented
   protocols often use an initial call to a specific primitive to open a
   connection before communication can progress and require
   communication to be explicitly terminated by issuing another call to
   a primitive (usually called 'Close').  A "connection" is the common
   state that some transport primitives refer to, e.g., to adjust
   general configuration settings.  Connection establishment,
   maintenance, and termination are therefore used to categorize
   transport primitives of connection-oriented transport protocols in
   pass 2 and pass 3.  For this purpose, UDP is assumed to be used with
   "connected" sockets, i.e., sockets that are bound to a specific pair
   of addresses and ports [RFC8304].
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2. Terminology

Transport Feature: a specific end-to-end feature that the transport layer provides to an application. Examples include confidentiality, reliable delivery, ordered delivery, message- versus-stream orientation, etc. Transport Service: a set of transport features, without an association to any given framing protocol, which provides a complete service to an application. Transport Protocol: an implementation that provides one or more transport services using a specific framing and header format on the wire. Transport Protocol Component: an implementation of a transport feature within a protocol. Transport Service Instance: an arrangement of transport protocols with a selected set of features and configuration parameters that implement a single transport service, e.g., a protocol stack (RTP over UDP). Application: an entity that uses the transport layer for end-to-end delivery of data across the network (this may also be an upper- layer protocol or tunnel encapsulation). Endpoint: an entity that communicates with one or more other endpoints using a transport protocol. Connection: shared state of two or more endpoints that persists across messages that are transmitted between these endpoints. Primitive: a function call that is used to locally communicate between an application and a transport endpoint. A primitive is related to one or more transport features. Event: a primitive that is invoked by a transport endpoint. Parameter: a value passed between an application and a transport protocol by a primitive. Socket: the combination of a destination IP address and a destination port number. Transport Address: the combination of an IP address, transport protocol, and the port number used by the transport protocol.
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3. Pass 1

This first iteration summarizes the relevant text parts of the RFCs describing the protocols, focusing on what each transport protocol provides to the application and how it is used (abstract API descriptions, where they are available). When presenting primitives, events, and parameters, the use of lower- and upper-case characters is made uniform for the sake of readability.

3.1. Primitives Provided by TCP

The initial TCP specification [RFC0793] states: The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) is intended for use as a highly reliable host-to-host protocol between hosts in packet- switched computer communication networks, and in interconnected systems of such networks. Section 3.8 of [RFC0793] further specifies the interaction with the application by listing several transport primitives. It is also assumed that an Operating System provides a means for TCP to asynchronously signal the application; the primitives representing such signals are called 'events' in this section. This section describes the relevant primitives. Open: This is either active or passive, to initiate a connection or listen for incoming connections. All other primitives are associated with a specific connection, which is assumed to first have been opened. An active open call contains a socket. A passive open call with a socket waits for a particular connection; alternatively, a passive open call can leave the socket unspecified to accept any incoming connection. A fully specified passive call can later be made active by calling 'Send'. Optionally, a timeout can be specified, after which TCP will abort the connection if data has not been successfully delivered to the destination (else a default timeout value is used). A procedure for aborting the connection is used to avoid excessive retransmissions, and an application is able to control the threshold used to determine the condition for aborting; this threshold may be measured in time units or as a count of retransmission [RFC1122]. This indicates that the timeout could also be specified as a count of retransmission. Also optional, for multihomed hosts, the local IP address can be provided [RFC1122]. If it is not provided, a default choice will be made in case of active open calls. A passive open call will await incoming connection requests to all local addresses and then maintain usage of the local IP address where the incoming
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      connection request has arrived.  Finally, the 'options' parameter
      allows the application to specify IP options such as Source Route,
      Record Route, or Timestamp [RFC1122].  It is not stated on which
      segments of a connection these options should be applied, but
      probably on all segments, as this is also stated in a
      specification given for the usage of the Source Route IP option
      (Section of [RFC1122]).  Source Route is the only non-
      optional IP option in this parameter, allowing an application to
      specify a source route when it actively opens a TCP connection.

      Master Key Tuples (MKTs) for authentication can optionally be
      configured when calling 'Open' (Section 7.1 of [RFC5925]).  When
      authentication is in use, complete TCP segments are authenticated,
      including the TCP IPv4 pseudoheader, TCP header, and TCP data.

      TCP Fast Open (TFO) [RFC7413] allows applications to immediately
      hand over a message from the active open to the passive open side
      of a TCP connection together with the first message establishment
      packet (the SYN).  This can be useful for applications that are
      sensitive to TCP's connection setup delay.  [RFC7413] states that
      "TCP implementations MUST NOT use TFO by default, but only use TFO
      if requested explicitly by the application on a per-service-port
      basis."  The size of the message sent with TFO cannot be more than
      TCP's maximum segment size (minus options used in the SYN).  For
      the active open side, it is recommended to change or replace the
      connect() call in order to support a user data buffer argument
      [RFC7413].  For the passive open side, the application needs to
      enable the reception of Fast Open requests, e.g., via a new
      TCP_FASTOPEN setsockopt() socket option before listen().  The
      receiving application must be prepared to accept duplicates of the
      TFO message, as the first data written to a socket can be
      delivered more than once to the application on the remote host.

   Send:  This is the primitive that an application uses to give the
      local TCP transport endpoint a number of bytes that TCP should
      reliably send to the other side of the connection.  The 'urgent'
      flag, if set, states that the data handed over by this send call
      is urgent and this urgency should be indicated to the receiving
      process in case the receiving application has not yet consumed all
      non-urgent data preceding it.  An optional timeout parameter can
      be provided that updates the connection's timeout (see 'Open').
      Additionally, optional parameters allow the ability to indicate
      the preferred outgoing MKT (current_key) and/or the preferred
      incoming MKT (rnext_key) of a connection (Section 7.1 of
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   Receive:  This primitive allocates a receiving buffer for a provided
      number of bytes.  It returns the number of received bytes provided
      in the buffer when these bytes have been received and written into
      the buffer by TCP.  The application is informed of urgent data via
      an 'urgent' flag: if it is on, there is urgent data; if it is off,
      there is no urgent data or this call to 'Receive' has returned all
      the urgent data.  The application is also informed about the
      current_key and rnext_key information carried in a recently
      received segment via an optional parameter (Section 7.1 of

   Close:  This primitive closes one side of a connection.  It is
      semantically equivalent to "I have no more data to send" but does
      not mean "I will not receive any more", as the other side may
      still have data to send.  This call reliably delivers any data
      that has already been given to TCP (and if that fails, 'Close'
      becomes 'abort').

   Abort:  This primitive causes all pending 'Send' and 'Receive' calls
      to be aborted.  A TCP "RESET" message is sent to the TCP endpoint
      on the other side of the connection [RFC0793].

   Close Event:  TCP uses this primitive to inform an application that
      the application on the other side has called the 'Close'
      primitive, so the local application can also issue a 'Close' and
      terminate the connection gracefully.  See [RFC0793], Section 3.5.

   Abort Event:  When TCP aborts a connection upon receiving a "RESET"
      from the peer, it "advises the user and goes to the CLOSED state."
      See [RFC0793], Section 3.4.

   User Timeout Event:  This event is executed when the user timeout
      (Section 3.9 of [RFC0793]) expires (see the definition of 'Open'
      in this section).  All queues are flushed, and the application is
      informed that the connection had to be aborted due to user

   Error_Report event:  This event informs the application of "soft
      errors" that can be safely ignored [RFC5461], including the
      arrival of an ICMP error message or excessive retransmissions
      (reaching a threshold below the threshold where the connection is
      aborted).  See Section of [RFC1122].

   Type-of-Service:  Section of the requirements for Internet
      hosts [RFC1122] states that "The application layer MUST be able to
      specify the Type-of-Service (TOS) for segments that are sent on a
      connection."  The application should be able to change the TOS
      during the connection lifetime, and the TOS value should be passed
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      to the IP layer unchanged.  Since then, the TOS field has been
      redefined.  The Differentiated Services (Diffserv) model [RFC2475]
      [RFC3260] replaces this field in the IP header, assigning the six
      most significant bits to carry the Differentiated Services Code
      Point (DSCP) field [RFC2474].

   Nagle:  The Nagle algorithm delays sending data for some time to
      increase the likelihood of sending a full-sized segment
      (Section of [RFC1122]).  An application can disable the
      Nagle algorithm for an individual connection.

   User Timeout Option:  The User Timeout Option (UTO) [RFC5482] allows
      one end of a TCP connection to advertise its current user timeout
      value so that the other end of the TCP connection can adapt its
      own user timeout accordingly.  In addition to the configurable
      value of the user timeout (see 'Send'), there are three per-
      connection state variables that an application can adjust to
      control the operation of the UTO: 'adv_uto' is the value of the
      UTO advertised to the remote TCP peer (default: system-wide
      default user timeout); 'enabled' (default false) is a boolean-type
      flag that controls whether the UTO option is enabled for a
      connection.  This applies to both sending and receiving.
      'changeable' is a boolean-type flag (default true) that controls
      whether the user timeout may be changed based on a UTO option
      received from the other end of the connection. 'changeable'
      becomes false when an application explicitly sets the user timeout
      (see 'Send').

   Set/Get Authentication Parameters:  The preferred outgoing MKT
      (current_key) and/or the preferred incoming MKT (rnext_key) of a
      connection can be configured.  Information about current_key and
      rnext_key carried in a recently received segment can be retrieved
      (Section 7.1 of [RFC5925]).

3.1.1. Excluded Primitives or Parameters

The 'Open' primitive can be handed optional precedence or security/ compartment information [RFC0793], but this was not included here because it is mostly irrelevant today [RFC7414]. The 'Status' primitive was not included because the initial TCP specification describes this primitive as "implementation dependent" and states that it "could be excluded without adverse effect" [RFC0793]. Moreover, while a data block containing specific information is described, it is also stated that not all of this information may always be available. While [RFC5925] states that 'Status' "SHOULD be augmented to allow the MKTs of a current or pending connection to be read (for confirmation)", the same
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   information is also available via 'Receive', which, following
   [RFC5925], "MUST be augmented" with that functionality.  The 'Send'
   primitive includes an optional 'push' flag which, if set, requires
   data to be promptly transmitted to the receiver without delay
   [RFC0793]; the 'Receive' primitive described in can (under some
   conditions) yield the status of the 'push' flag.  Because "push"
   functionality is optional to implement for both the 'Send' and
   'Receive' primitives [RFC1122], this functionality is not included
   here.  The requirements for Internet hosts [RFC1122] also introduce
   keep-alives to TCP, but these are optional to implement and hence not
   considered here.  The same document also describes that "some TCP
   implementations have included a FLUSH call", indicating that this
   call is also optional to implement; therefore, it is not considered

3.2. Primitives Provided by MPTCP

MPTCP is an extension to TCP that allows the use of multiple paths for a single data stream. It achieves this by creating different so- called TCP subflows for each of the interfaces and scheduling the traffic across these TCP subflows. The service provided by MPTCP is described as follows in [RFC6182]: Multipath TCP MUST follow the same service model as TCP [RFC0793]: in-order, reliable, and byte-oriented delivery. Furthermore, a Multipath TCP connection SHOULD provide the application with no worse throughput or resilience than it would expect from running a single TCP connection over any one of its available paths. Further, there are some constraints on the API exposed by MPTCP, as stated in [RFC6182]: A multipath-capable equivalent of TCP MUST retain some level of backward compatibility with existing TCP APIs, so that existing applications can use the newer transport merely by upgrading the operating systems of the end hosts. As such, the primitives provided by MPTCP are equivalent to the ones provided by TCP. Nevertheless, the MPTCP RFCs [RFC6824] and [RFC6897] clarify some parts of TCP's primitives with respect to MPTCP and add some extensions for better control on MPTCP's subflows. Hereafter is a list of the clarifications and extensions the above- cited RFCs provide to TCP's primitives.
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   Open:  "An application should be able to request to turn on or turn
      off the usage of MPTCP" [RFC6897].  This functionality can be
      provided through a socket option called 'tcp_multipath_enable'.
      Further, MPTCP must be disabled in case the application is binding
      to a specific address [RFC6897].

   Send/Receive:  The sending and receiving of data does not require any
      changes to the application when MPTCP is being used [RFC6824].
      The MPTCP-layer will take one input data stream from an
      application, and split it into one or more subflows, with
      sufficient control information to allow it to be reassembled and
      delivered reliably and in order to the recipient application.

      The use of the Urgent Pointer is special in MPTCP [RFC6824], which
      states: "a TCP subflow MUST NOT use the Urgent Pointer to
      interrupt an existing mapping."

   Address and Subflow Management:  MPTCP uses different addresses and
      allows a host to announce these addresses as part of the protocol.
      The MPTCP API Considerations RFC [RFC6897] says "An application
      should be able to restrict MPTCP to binding to a given set of
      addresses" and thus allows applications to limit the set of
      addresses that are being used by MPTCP.  Further, "An application
      should be able to obtain information on the pairs of addresses
      used by the MPTCP subflows."

3.3. Primitives Provided by SCTP

TCP has a number of limitations that SCTP removes (Section 1.1 of [RFC4960]). The following three removed limitations directly translate into transport features that are visible to an application using SCTP: 1) it allows for preservation of message delimiters; 2) it does not provide in-order or reliable delivery unless the application wants that; 3) multihoming is supported. In SCTP, connections are called "associations" and they can be between not only two (as in TCP) but multiple addresses at each endpoint. Section 10 of the SCTP base protocol specification [RFC4960] specifies the interaction with the application (which SCTP calls the "Upper-Layer Protocol (ULP)"). It is assumed that the Operating System provides a means for SCTP to asynchronously signal the application; the primitives representing such signals are called 'events' in this section. Here, we describe the relevant primitives. In addition to the abstract API described in Section 10 of [RFC4960], an extension to the sockets API is described in [RFC6458]. This covers the functionality of the base protocol [RFC4960] and some of its extensions [RFC3758] [RFC4895] [RFC5061]. For other protocol extensions [RFC6525] [RFC6951] [RFC7053] [RFC7496] [RFC7829]
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   [RFC8260], the corresponding extensions of the sockets API are
   specified in these protocol specifications.  The functionality
   exposed to the ULP through all these APIs is considered here.

   The abstract API contains a 'SetProtocolParameters' primitive that
   allows elements of a parameter list [RFC4960] to be adjusted; it is
   stated that SCTP implementations "may allow ULP to customize some of
   these protocol parameters", indicating that none of the elements of
   this parameter list are mandatory to make ULP configurable.  Thus, we
   only consider the parameters in the abstract API that are also
   covered in one of the other RFCs listed above, which leads us to
   exclude the parameters 'RTO.Alpha', 'RTO.Beta', and 'HB.Max.Burst'.
   For clarity, we also replace 'SetProtocolParameters' itself with
   primitives that adjust parameters or groups of parameters that fit

   Initialize:  Initialize creates a local SCTP instance that it binds
      to a set of local addresses (and, if provided, a local port
      number) [RFC4960].  Initialize needs to be called only once per
      set of local addresses.  A number of per-association
      initialization parameters can be used when an association is
      created, but before it is connected (via the primitive 'Associate'
      below): the maximum number of inbound streams the application is
      prepared to support, the maximum number of attempts to be made
      when sending the INIT (the first message of association
      establishment), and the maximum retransmission timeout (RTO) value
      to use when attempting an INIT [RFC6458].  At this point, before
      connecting, an application can also enable UDP encapsulation by
      configuring the remote UDP encapsulation port number [RFC6951].

   Associate:  This creates an association (the SCTP equivalent of a
      connection) that connects the local SCTP instance and a remote
      SCTP instance.  To identify the remote endpoint, it can be given
      one or multiple (using "connectx") sockets (Section 9.9 of
      [RFC6458]).  Most primitives are associated with a specific
      association, which is assumed to first have been created.
      Associate can return a list of destination transport addresses so
      that multiple paths can later be used.  One of the returned
      sockets will be selected by the local endpoint as the default
      primary path for sending SCTP packets to this peer, but this
      choice can be changed by the application using the list of
      destination addresses.  Associate is also given the number of
      outgoing streams to request and optionally returns the number of
      negotiated outgoing streams.  An optional parameter of 32 bits,
      the adaptation layer indication, can be provided [RFC5061].  If
      authenticated chunks are used, the chunk types required to be sent
      authenticated by the peer can be provided [RFC4895].  An
      'SCTP_Cant_Str_Assoc' notification is used to inform the
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      application of a failure to create an association [RFC6458].  An
      application could use sendto() or sendmsg() to implicitly set up
      an association, thereby handing over a message that SCTP might
      send during the association setup phase [RFC6458].  Note that this
      mechanism is different from TCP's TFO mechanism: the message would
      arrive only once, after at least one RTT, as it is sent together
      with the third message exchanged during association setup, the
      COOKIE-ECHO chunk).

   Send:  This sends a message of a certain length in bytes over an
      association.  A number can be provided to later refer to the
      correct message when reporting an error, and a stream id is
      provided to specify the stream to be used inside an association
      (we consider this as a mandatory parameter here for simplicity: if
      not provided, the stream id defaults to 0).  A condition to
      abandon the message can be specified (for example limiting the
      number of retransmissions or the lifetime of the user message).
      This allows control of the partial reliability extension [RFC3758]
      [RFC7496].  An optional maximum lifetime can specify the time
      after which the message should be discarded rather than sent.  A
      choice (advisory, i.e., not guaranteed) of the preferred path can
      be made by providing a socket, and the message can be delivered
      out-of-order if the 'unordered' flag is set.  An advisory flag
      indicates that the peer should not delay the acknowledgement of
      the user message provided [RFC7053].  Another advisory flag
      indicates whether the application prefers to avoid bundling user
      data with other outbound DATA chunks (i.e., in the same packet).
      A payload protocol-id can be provided to pass a value that
      indicates the type of payload protocol data to the peer.  If
      authenticated chunks are used, the key identifier for
      authenticating DATA chunks can be provided [RFC4895].

   Receive:  Messages are received from an association, and optionally a
      stream within the association, with their size returned.  The
      application is notified of the availability of data via a 'Data
      Arrive' notification.  If the sender has included a payload
      protocol-id, this value is also returned.  If the received message
      is only a partial delivery of a whole message, a 'partial' flag
      will indicate so, in which case the stream id and a stream
      sequence number are provided to the application.

   Shutdown:  This primitive gracefully closes an association, reliably
      delivering any data that has already been handed over to SCTP.  A
      parameter lets the application control whether further receive or
      send operations or both are disabled when the call is issued.  A
      return code informs about success or failure of this procedure.
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   Abort:  This ungracefully closes an association, by discarding any
      locally queued data and informing the peer that the association
      was aborted.  Optionally, an abort reason to be passed to the peer
      may be provided by the application.  A return code informs about
      success or failure of this procedure.

   Change Heartbeat / Request Heartbeat:  This allows the application to
      enable/disable heartbeats and optionally specify a heartbeat
      frequency as well as requesting a single heartbeat to be carried
      out upon a function call, with a notification about success or
      failure of transmitting the HEARTBEAT chunk to the destination.

   Configure Max. Retransmissions of an Association:  The parameter
      'Association.Max.Retrans' [RFC4960] (called "sasoc_maxrxt" in the
      SCTP sockets API extensions [RFC6458]) allows the configuration of
      the number of unsuccessful retransmissions after which an entire
      association is considered as failed; this should invoke a
      'Communication Lost' notification.

   Set Primary:  This allows the ability to set a new primary default
      path for an association by providing a socket.  Optionally, a
      default source address to be used in IP datagrams can be provided.

   Change Local Address / Set Peer Primary:  This allows an endpoint to
      add/remove local addresses to/from an association.  In addition,
      the peer can be given a hint for which address to use as the
      primary address [RFC5061].

   Configure Path Switchover:  The abstract API contains a primitive
      called 'Set Failure Threshold' [RFC4960].  This configures the
      parameter 'Path.Max.Retrans', which determines after how many
      retransmissions a particular transport address is considered as
      unreachable.  If there are more transport addresses available in
      an association, reaching this limit will invoke a path switchover.
      An extension called "SCTP-PF" adds a concept of "Potentially
      Failed (PF)" paths to this method [RFC7829].  When a path is in PF
      state, SCTP will not entirely give up sending on that path, but it
      will preferably send data on other active paths if such paths are
      available.  Entering the PF state is done upon exceeding a
      configured maximum number of retransmissions.  Thus, for all paths
      where this mechanism is used, there are two configurable error
      thresholds: one to decide that a path is in PF state, and one to
      decide that the transport address is unreachable.

   Set/Get Authentication Parameters:  This allows an endpoint to add/
      remove key material to/from an association.  In addition, the
      chunk types being authenticated can be queried [RFC4895].
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   Add/Reset Streams, Reset Association:  This allows an endpoint to add
      streams to an existing association or to reset them individually.
      Additionally, the association can be reset [RFC6525].

   Status:  The 'Status' primitive returns a data block with information
      about a specified association, containing: an association
      connection state; a destination transport address list;
      destination transport address reachability states; current local
      and peer receiver window sizes; current local congestion window
      sizes; number of unacknowledged DATA chunks; number of DATA chunks
      pending receipt; a primary path; the most recent Smoothed Round-
      Trip Time (SRTT) on a primary path; RTO on a primary path; SRTT
      and RTO on other destination addresses [RFC4960]; and an MTU per
      path [RFC6458].

   Enable/Disable Interleaving:  This allows the negotiation of user
      message interleaving support for future associations to be enabled
      or disabled.  For existing associations, it is possible to query
      whether user message interleaving support was negotiated or not on
      a particular association [RFC8260].

   Set Stream Scheduler:  This allows the ability to select a stream
      scheduler per association, with a choice of: First-Come, First-
      Served; Round-Robin; Round-Robin per Packet; Priority-Based; Fair
      Bandwidth; and Weighted Fair Queuing [RFC8260].

   Configure Stream Scheduler:  This allows the ability to change a
      parameter per stream for the schedulers: a priority value for the
      Priority-Based scheduler and a weight for the Weighted Fair
      Queuing scheduler.

   Enable/Disable NoDelay:  This turns on/off any Nagle-like algorithm
      for an association [RFC6458].

   Configure Send Buffer Size:  This controls the amount of data SCTP
      may have waiting in internal buffers to be sent or retransmitted

   Configure Receive Buffer Size:  This sets the receive buffer size in
      octets, thereby controlling the receiver window for an association

   Configure Message Fragmentation:  If a user message causes an SCTP
      packet to exceed the maximum fragmentation size (which can be
      provided by the application and is otherwise the Path MTU (PMTU)
      size), then the message will be fragmented by SCTP.  Disabling
      message fragmentation will produce an error instead of fragmenting
      the message [RFC6458].
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   Configure Path MTU Discovery:  Path MTU Discovery (PMTUD) can be
      enabled or disabled per peer address of an association
      (Section 8.1.12 of [RFC6458]).  When it is enabled, the current
      Path MTU value can be obtained.  When it is disabled, the Path MTU
      to be used can be controlled by the application.

   Configure Delayed SACK Timer:  The time before sending a SACK can be
      adjusted; delaying SACKs can be disabled; and the number of
      packets that must be received before a SACK is sent without
      waiting for the delay timer to expire can be configured [RFC6458].

   Set Cookie Life Value:  The cookie life value can be adjusted
      (Section 8.1.2 of [RFC6458]).  'Valid.Cookie.Life' is also one of
      the parameters that is potentially adjustable with
      'SetProtocolParameters' [RFC4960].

   Set Maximum Burst:  The maximum burst of packets that can be emitted
      by a particular association (default 4, and values above 4 are
      optional to implement) can be adjusted (Section 8.1.2 of
      [RFC6458]).  'Max.Burst' is also one of the parameters that is
      potentially adjustable with 'SetProtocolParameters' [RFC4960].

   Configure RTO Calculation:  The abstract API contains the following
      adjustable parameters: 'RTO.Initial'; 'RTO.Min'; 'RTO.Max';
      'RTO.Alpha'; and 'RTO.Beta'.  Only the initial, minimum and
      maximum RTOs are also described as configurable in the SCTP
      sockets API extensions [RFC6458].

   Set DSCP Value:  The DSCP value can be set per peer address of an
      association (Section 8.1.12 of [RFC6458]).

   Set IPv6 Flow Label:  The flow label field can be set per peer
      address of an association (Section 8.1.12 of [RFC6458]).

   Set Partial Delivery Point:  This allows the ability to specify the
      size of a message where partial delivery will be invoked.  Setting
      this to a lower value will cause partial deliveries to happen more
      often [RFC6458].

   Communication Up Notification:  When a lost communication to an
      endpoint is restored or when SCTP becomes ready to send or receive
      user messages, this notification informs the application process
      about the affected association, the type of event that has
      occurred, the complete set of sockets of the peer, the maximum
      number of allowed streams, and the inbound stream count (the
      number of streams the peer endpoint has requested).  If
      interleaving is supported by both endpoints, this information is
      also included in this notification.
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   Restart Notification:  When SCTP has detected that the peer has
      restarted, this notification is passed to the upper layer

   Data Arrive Notification:  When a message is ready to be retrieved
      via the 'Receive' primitive, the application is informed by this

   Send Failure Notification / Receive Unsent Message / Receive
      Unacknowledged Message: When a message cannot be delivered via an
      association, the sender can be informed about it and learn whether
      the message has just not been acknowledged or (e.g., in case of
      lifetime expiry) if it has not even been sent.  This can also
      inform the sender that a part of the message has been successfully

   Network Status Change Notification:  This informs the application
      about a socket becoming active/inactive [RFC4960] or "Potentially
      Failed" [RFC7829].

   Communication Lost Notification:  When SCTP loses communication to an
      endpoint (e.g., via heartbeats or excessive retransmission) or
      detects an abort, this notification informs the application
      process of the affected association and the type of event (failure
      OR termination in response to a shutdown or abort request).

   Shutdown Complete Notification:  When SCTP completes the shutdown
      procedures, this notification is passed to the upper layer,
      informing it about the affected association.

   Authentication Notification:  When SCTP wants to notify the upper
      layer regarding the key management related to authenticated chunks
      [RFC4895], this notification is passed to the upper layer.

   Adaptation Layer Indication Notification:  When SCTP completes the
      association setup and the peer provided an adaptation layer
      indication, this is passed to the upper layer [RFC5061] [RFC6458].

   Stream Reset Notification:  When SCTP completes the procedure for
      resetting streams [RFC6525], this notification is passed to the
      upper layer, informing it about the result.

   Association Reset Notification:  When SCTP completes the association
      reset procedure [RFC6525], this notification is passed to the
      upper layer, informing it about the result.
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   Stream Change Notification:  When SCTP completes the procedure used
      to increase the number of streams [RFC6525], this notification is
      passed to the upper layer, informing it about the result.

   Sender Dry Notification:  When SCTP has no more user data to send or
      retransmit on a particular association, this notification is
      passed to the upper layer [RFC6458].

   Partial Delivery Aborted Notification:  When a receiver has begun to
      receive parts of a user message but the delivery of this message
      is then aborted, this notification is passed to the upper layer
      (Section 6.1.7 of [RFC6458]).

3.3.1. Excluded Primitives or Parameters

The 'Receive' primitive can return certain additional information, but this is optional to implement and therefore not considered. With a 'Communication Lost' notification, some more information may optionally be passed to the application (e.g., identification to retrieve unsent and unacknowledged data). SCTP "can invoke" a 'Communication Error' notification and "may send" a 'Restart' notification, making these two notifications optional to implement. The list provided under 'Status' includes "etc.", indicating that more information could be provided. The primitive 'Get SRTT Report' returns information that is included in the information that 'Status' provides and is therefore not discussed. The 'Destroy SCTP Instance' API function was excluded: it erases the SCTP instance that was created by 'Initialize' but is not a primitive as defined in this document because it does not relate to a transport feature. The 'Shutdown' event informs an application that the peer has sent a SHUTDOWN, and hence no further data should be sent on this socket (Section 6.1 of [RFC6458]). However, if an application would try to send data on the socket, it would get an error message anyway; thus, this event is classified as "just affecting the application programming style, not how the underlying protocol operates" and is not included here.

3.4. Primitives Provided by UDP and UDP-Lite

The set of pass 1 primitives for UDP and UDP-Lite is documented in [RFC8304].
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3.5. The Service of LEDBAT

The service of the LEDBAT congestion control mechanism is described as follows: LEDBAT is designed for use by background bulk-transfer applications to be no more aggressive than standard TCP congestion control (as specified in RFC 5681) and to yield in the presence of competing flows, thus limiting interference with the network performance of competing flows [RFC6817]. LEDBAT does not have any primitives, as LEDBAT is not a transport protocol. According to its specification [RFC6817]: LEDBAT can be used as part of a transport protocol or as part of an application, as long as the data transmission mechanisms are capable of carrying timestamps and acknowledging data frequently. LEDBAT can be used with TCP, Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP), and Datagram Congestion Control Protocol (DCCP), with appropriate extensions where necessary; and it can be used with proprietary application protocols, such as those built on top of UDP for peer-to-peer (P2P) applications. At the time of writing, the appropriate extensions for TCP, SCTP, or DCCP do not exist. A number of configurable parameters exist in the LEDBAT specification: TARGET, which is the queuing delay target at which LEDBAT tries to operate, must be set to 100 ms or less. 'allowed_increase' (should be 1, must be greater than 0) limits the speed at which LEDBAT increases its rate. 'gain', which according to [RFC6817] "MUST be set to 1 or less" to avoid a faster ramp-up than TCP Reno, determines how quickly the sender responds to changes in queueing delay. Implementations may divide 'gain' into two parameters: one for increase and a possibly larger one for decrease. We call these parameters 'Gain_Inc' and 'Gain_Dec' here. 'Base_History' is the size of the list of measured base delays, and, according to [RFC6817], "SHOULD be 10". This list can be filtered using a 'Filter' function, which is not prescribed [RFC6817], that yields a list of size 'Current_Filter'. The initial and minimum congestion windows, 'Init_CWND' and 'Min_CWND', should both be 2. Regarding which of these parameters should be under control of an application, the possible range goes from exposing nothing on the one hand to considering everything that is not prescribed with a "MUST" in the specification as a parameter on the other hand. Function implementations are not provided as a parameter to any of the transport protocols discussed here; hence, we do not regard the
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   'Filter' function as a parameter.  However, to avoid unnecessarily
   limiting future implementations, we consider all other parameters
   above as tunable parameters that should be exposed.

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