tc-red


SYNOPSIS
       tc  qdisc ... red limit bytes [ min bytes ] [ max bytes ] avpkt bytes [
       burst packets ] [ ecn ] [ harddrop] [ bandwidth rate  ]  [  probability
       chance ] [ adaptive ]


DESCRIPTION
       Random  Early  Detection  is  a classless qdisc which manages its queue
       size smartly. Regular queues simply drop packets  from  the  tail  when
       they  are  full,  which may not be the optimal behaviour. RED also per-
       forms tail drop, but does so in a more gradual way.

       Once the queue hits a certain average length, packets enqueued  have  a
       configurable  chance  of  being  marked  (which may mean dropped). This
       chance increases linearly up to a point called the  max  average  queue
       length, although the queue might get bigger.

       This  has a host of benefits over simple taildrop, while not being pro-
       cessor intensive. It prevents synchronous retransmits after a burst  in
       traffic, which cause further retransmits, etc.

       The goal is to have a small queue size, which is good for interactivity
       while not disturbing TCP/IP traffic with too many sudden drops after  a
       burst of traffic.

       Depending  on  if  ECN  is configured, marking either means dropping or
       purely marking a packet as overlimit.

ALGORITHM
       The average queue size is used for determining the marking probability.
       This  is calculated using an Exponential Weighted Moving Average, which
       can be more or less sensitive to bursts.

       When the average queue size is below min bytes, no packet will ever  be
       marked.  When  it  exceeds min, the probability of doing so climbs lin-
       early up to probability, until the average queue size hits  max  bytes.
       Because  probability  is normally not set to 100%, the queue size might
       conceivably rise above max bytes, so the limit parameter is provided to
       set a hard maximum for the size of the queue.


PARAMETERS
       min    Average  queue  size  at  which  marking  becomes a possibility.
              Defaults to max /3


       max    At this average queue size, the marking probability is  maximal.
              Should be at least twice min to prevent synchronous retransmits,
              higher for low min.  Default to limit /4

       probability
              Maximum probability for marking, specified as a  floating  point
              number  from 0.0 to 1.0. Suggested values are 0.01 or 0.02 (1 or

       avpkt  Specified in bytes. Used with burst to determine the  time  con-
              stant for average queue size calculations. 1000 is a good value.

       bandwidth
              This  rate  is used for calculating the average queue size after
              some idle time. Should be set to the bandwidth  of  your  inter-
              face.  Does  not  mean  that  RED  will shape for you! Optional.
              Default : 10Mbit

       ecn    As mentioned before, RED can either 'mark' or  'drop'.  Explicit
              Congestion  Notification  allows RED to notify remote hosts that
              their rate exceeds the amount of  bandwidth  available.  Non-ECN
              capable  hosts  can  only  be notified by dropping a packet.  If
              this parameter is specified, packets which indicate  that  their
              hosts  honor ECN will only be marked and not dropped, unless the
              queue size hits limit bytes. Recommended.

       harddrop
              If average flow queue size is above max  bytes,  this  parameter
              forces a drop instead of ecn marking.

       adaptive
              (Added  in  linux-3.3) Sets RED in adaptive mode as described in
              http://icir.org/floyd/papers/adaptiveRed.pdf
              Goal of Adaptive RED is to make 'probability' dynamic value between 1% and 50% to reach the target average queue :
              (max - min) / 2


EXAMPLE
       # tc qdisc add dev eth0 parent 1:1 handle 10: red
        limit 400000 min 30000 max 90000 avpkt 1000
        burst 55 ecn adaptive bandwidth 10Mbit


SEE ALSO
       tc(8), tc-choke(8)


SOURCES
       o      Floyd, S., and Jacobson, V., Random Early Detection gateways for
              Congestion                                            Avoidance.
              http://www.aciri.org/floyd/papers/red/red.html

       o      Some changes to the algorithm by Alexey N. Kuznetsov.

       o      Adaptive RED  : http://icir.org/floyd/papers/adaptiveRed.pdf


AUTHORS
       Alexey  N.   Kuznetsov,   <kuznet@ms2.inr.ac.ru>,    Alexey   Makarenko
       <makar@phoenix.kharkov.ua>,  J  Hadi  Salim  <hadi@nortelnetworks.com>,
       Eric Dumazet <eric.dumazet@gmail.com>.  This manpage maintained by bert
       hubert <ahu@ds9a.nl>
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