Google speeds up Cloud Platform with new networking algorithm2017-07-21 15:56 by Daniela
Aiming to improve experience of its public cloud offerings, Google on Thursday announced the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is now using a new congestion control algorithm called Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) BBR (Bottleneck Bandwidth and Round-trip propagation time).
The improvement means that GCP customers will have faster access to their data when using GCP services like Spanner or Bigtable, since traffic from the GCP service to the application is sent using BBR.
Additionally, internet users should get faster access to a GCP customer's website. When a GCP customer uses Google Cloud Load Balancing or Google Cloud CDN to serve and load balance traffic for their site, the content is sent to users' browsers using BBR.
The new congestion control algorithm is just another example of the search giant's push to improve network speeds, said Neal Cardwell, a senior staff software engineer at the company. Google is trying to light a fire under the tech industry and spur it to follow suit, he said.
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