CS 3700 - Networks and Distributed Systems
Project 4: Simple Transport Protocol
DescriptionYou will design a simple transport protocol that provides reliable datagram service. Your protocol will be responsible for ensuring data is delivered in order, without duplicates, missing data, or errors. Since the local area networks at Northeastern are far too reliable to be interesting, we will provide you with access to a machine that will emulate an unreliable network.
For the assignment, you will write code that will transfer a file reliably between two nodes (a sender and a receiver). You do NOT have to implement connection open/close etc. You may assume that the receiver is run first and will wait indefinitely, and the sender can just send the data to the receiver.
RequirementsYou have to design your own packet format and use UDP as a carrier to transmit packets. Your packet might include fields for packet type, acknowledgement number, advertised window, data, etc. This part of the assignment is entirely up to you. Your code MUST:
- The sender must accept data from STDIN, sending data until EOF is reached
- The sender and receiver must work together to transmit the data reliably
- The receiver must print out the received data to STDOUT in order and without errors
- The sender and receiver must print out specified debugging messages to STDERR
- Your sender and receiver must gracefully exit
- Your code must be able to transfer a file with any number of packets dropped, damaged, duplicated, and delayed, and under a variety of different available bandwidths and link latencies
- Your sending program must be named 3700send and your receiving program must be named 3700recv
- Datagrams generated by your programs must each contain less than or equal to 1472 bytes of data per datagram (i.e. the 1500 byte Ethernet MTU - the 20 byte IP header - the 8 byte UDP header)
- Fast: Require little time to transfer a file.
- Low overhead: Require low data volume to be exchanged over the network, including data bytes, headers, retransmissions, acknowledgements, etc.
Your ProgramsFor this project, you will submit two programs: a sending program 3700send that accepts data and sends it across the network, and a receiving program 3700recv that receives data and prints it out in-order. You may not use any transport protocol libraries in your project (such as TCP); you must use UDP. You must construct the packets and acknowledgements yourself, and interpret the incoming packets yourself.
LanguageYou can write your code in whatever language you choose, as long as your code compiles and runs on unmodified Khoury College Linux machines on the command line. Do not use libraries that are not installed by default on the Khoury College Linux machines. You may use IDEs (e.g. Eclipse) during development, but do not turn in your IDE project without a Makefile. Make sure you code has no dependencies on your IDE.
Starter CodeVery basic starter code in C and Python for the assignment is available in /course/cs3700f20/code/project3. You may use this code as a basis for your project, or you may work from scratch. Provided is a simple implementation that sends one packet at a time; it does not handle any packet retransmissions, delayed packets, or duplicated packets. So, it will work if the network is perfectly reliable. Moreover, if the latency is significant, the implementation will use very little of the available bandwidth. To get started, you should copy down this directory into your own local directory (i.e., cp -r /course/cs3700f20/code/project3 ~/). You can compile the code by running make. You can also delete any compiled code and object files by running make clean.
Program SpecificationThe command line syntax for your sending is given below. The client program takes command line argument of the remote IP address and port number. The syntax for launching your sending program is therefore:
- recv_host (Required) The IP address of the remote host in a.b.c.d format.
- recv_port (Required) The UDP port of the remote host.
<timestamp> [send data] start (length)where timestamp is a timestamp (down to the microsecond), start is the beginning offset of the data sent in the packet, and length is the amount of the data sent in that packet. When your 3700send receives an acknowledgement, you should also print to STDERR
<timestamp> [recv ack] endwhere end is the last offset that was acknowledged. You may also print some messages of your own to indicate timeouts, etc, depending on your design, but make it concise and readable; a function mylog(char *fmt, ...) is provided for this purpose.
The command line syntax for your receiving program is given below. The receiving program will start up and will bind to a random local port; once bound, it will print out the following to STDERR:
<timestamp> [bound] portThe syntax for launching your receiving program is therefore:
./3700recvTo aid in grading and debugging, your receiving program should print out messages to STDERR: When the receiver receives a valid data packet, it should print
<timestamp> [recv data] start (length) statuswhere start is the beginning offset of the data sent in the packet, and length is the amount of the data sent in that packet, and status is one of ACCEPTED (in-order), ACCEPTED (out-of-order), or IGNORED. If a corrupt packet arrives, it should print to STDERR
<timestamp> [recv corrupt packet]Similar to 3700send, you may add your own output messages. Both the sender and the receiver should print out a message to STDERR after completion of file transfer, and then exit:
<timestamp> [completed]You should develop your client program on the Khoury College Linux machines (ideally gordon.ccs.neu.edu), as these have the necessary compiler and library support. You are welcome to use your own Linux/OS X/Windows machines, but you are responsible for getting your code working, and your code must work when graded on gordon.ccs.neu.edu.
Testing Your CodeIn order for you to test your code over an unreliable network, we have set up a machine that will configurably emulate a network that will drop, reorder, damage, duplicate, and delay your packets. This machine is part of the Khoury College network, and you can log in to it with your Khoury College username and credentials. If you have any problems accessing the machine, please post on Piazza.
The machine is gordon.ccs.neu.edu; you should make sure you are able to ssh to the machine and run your code on it. You will need to use the loopback interface in order to leverage the emulated network. In other words, you might run something like ./3700recv in one terminal, record the port it local binds to (say, 3992), and then run ./3700send 127.0.0.1:3992 in another terminal.
You may configure the emulated network conditions by calling the following program:
/course/cs3700f20/bin/project3/netsim [--bandwidth <bw-in-mbps>] [--latency <latency-in-ms>] [--delay <percent>] [--drop <percent>] [--reorder <percent>] [--duplicate <percent>]
- bandwidth: This sets the bandwidth of the link in Mbit per second. If not specified, this is 1 Mb/s.
- latency: This sets the latency of the link in ms. If not specified, this value is 10 ms.
- delay: This sets the percent of packets the emulator should delay. If not specified, this is 0.
- drop: This sets the percent of packets the emulator should drop. If not specified, this is 0.
- reorder: This sets the percent of packets the emulator should reorder. If not specified, this is 0.
- duplicate: This sets the percent of packets the emulator should duplicate. If not specified, this is 0.
/course/cs3700f20/bin/project3/netsim --bandwidth 0.5 --latency 100 --delay 20 --drop 40the simulator will configure a network with 500 Kb/s bandwidth and a latency of 100 ms, and will randomly delay 20% of your packets and drop 40%. In order to reset it so that none of your packets are disturbed, you can simply call
/course/cs3700f20/bin/project3/netsimwith no arguments. Note that the configuration is done on a per-user-account, rather than per- group, basis. The simulator is also stateful, meaning your settings will persist across multiple sessions.
Helper ScriptIn order to make testing your code easier, we have also included a perl script that will launch your receiver, read the port number, launch your sender, feed the sender input, read the output from the receiver, compare the two, and print out statistics about the transfer. This script is included in the starter code, and you can run it by executing
./runThis script also takes a couple of arguments to determine what it should do:
./run [--size (small|medium|large|huge)] [--printlog] [--timeout <seconds>]
- size: The size of the data to send, including 1 KB (small), 10 KB (medium), 100 KB (large), MB (huge). Default is small.
- printlog: Instructs the script to print a (sorted) log of the debug output of 3700send and 3700recv. This may add significant processing time, depending on the amount of output.
- timeout: The maximum number of seconds to run the sender and receiver before killing them. Defaults to 30 seconds.
bash$ ./run --size large Time elapsed: 1734.921 ms Packets sent: 140 Bytes sent: 107000 Effective goodput: 461.116 Kb/s Data match: Yeswhere Data match is whether the data was transferred correctly.
Note: The run script will only work on the gordon.ccs.neu.edu machine, as it assumes certain libraries exist. You should not run the script on other machines.
Testing ScriptAdditionally, we have included a basic test script that runs your code under a variety of network conditions and also checks your code's compatibility with the grading script. If your code fails in the test script we provide, you can be assured that it will fare poorly when run under the grading script. To run the test script, simply type
bash$ ./testThis will compile your code and then test your programs on a number of inputs. If any errors are detected, the test will print out the expected and actual output.
Note: The testing script will only work on the gordon.ccs.neu.edu machine, as it changes the network emulation. You should not run the script on other machines.
Performance Testing15% of your grade on this project will come from performance. Your project will be graded against the submissions of your peers. To help you know how you're doing, the testing script will also run a series of performance tests at the end; for each test that you successfully complete, it will report your time elapsed and bytes sent to a common data base. For example, you might see
Performance tests Huge 5Mb/s, 10 ms [PASS] 13.889 sec elapsed, 1.1MB sentThis indicates that you passed the test in 13.889 seconds and sent a total of 1.1MB of data (including retransmissions, overhead, etc). This score will be reported to the common database.
In order to see how your project ranks, you can run
cbw@gordon:~$ /course/cs3700f20/bin/project3/printstats ----- TEST: Huge 5Mb/s, 10 ms ----- Quickest: 1: cbw 9.322sec 2: othergroup 13.889 sec Most Efficient: 1: othergroup 1.1MB sent 2: cbw 2.8GB sent
which will print out the rank of each group for each performance test, divided into time spend and bytes sent. In this particular example, cbw's project is quicker but has higher overhead. Obviously, you would ideally have both lower time and fewer bytes sent.
Submitting Your ProjectIf you have not done so already, register yourself for our grading system using the following command:
$ /course/cs3700f20/bin/register-student [NUID]NUID is your Northeastern ID number, including any leading zeroes.
Before turning in your project, you and your partner(s) must register your group. To register yourself in a group, execute the following script:
$ /course/cs3700f20/bin/register project3 [team name]This will either report back success or will give you an error message. If you have trouble registering, please contact the course staff. You and your partner(s) must all run this script with the same [team name]. This is how we know you are part of the same group.
To turn-in your project, you should submit your (thoroughly documented) code along with two other files:
- A Makefile that compiles your code. Your Makefile may be blank, but it must exist.
- A plain-text (no Word or PDF) README.md file. In this file, you should briefly describe your high-level approach, any challenges you faced, and an overview of how you tested your code.
$ /course/cs3700f20/bin/turnin project3 [project directory][project directory] is the name of the directory with your submission. The script will print out every file that you are submitting, so make sure that it prints out all of the files you wish to submit! The turn-in script will not accept submissions that are missing a README.md or a Makefile. Only one group member needs to submit your project. Your group may submit as many times as you wish; only the last submission will be graded, and the time of the last submission will determine whether your assignment is late.
Double Checking Your SubmissionTo try and make sure that your submission is (1) complete and (2) will work with our grading scripts, we provide a simple script that checks the formatting of your submission. This script is available on the Khoury College Linux machines and can be executed using the following command:
/course/cs3700f20/code/check/transport_fmt_chk.py [path to your project directory]This script will attempt to make sure that the correct files (e.g. README.md and Makefile) are available in the given directory, that your Makefile will run without errors (or is empty), and that after running the Makefile two programs named 3700send and 3700recv exist in the directory. The script will also try to determine if your files use Windows-style line endings (\r\n) as opposed to Unix-style line endings (\n). If your files are Windows-encoded, you should convert them to Unix-encoding using the dos2unix utility before turning in.
GradingThis project is worth 15% of your final grade. The grading in this project will consist of
- 80% Program correctness
- 20% Performance
Additionally, points will be taken off for submissions that send datagrams with greater than 1472 bytes of data.
You can see your grades for this course at any time by using the gradesheet program that is available on the Khoury College machines.