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From "Jessie Berlin (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (AMQ-2636) Add support for setting the Differentiated Services or Type Of Service on outgoing TCP/IP packets to support Quality Of Service
Date Thu, 04 Mar 2010 19:01:44 GMT
Add support for setting the Differentiated Services or Type Of Service on outgoing TCP/IP packets
to support Quality Of Service

                 Key: AMQ-2636
             Project: ActiveMQ
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: Transport
    Affects Versions: 5.3.0
         Environment: Affects all OSes, proposed fix has only been tested on Ubuntu 9.10
            Reporter: Jessie Berlin
             Fix For: 5.3.0

It should be possible to specify the desired Differentiated Services class, as outlined in
RFC 2475 (, or Type of Service value, on outgoing TCP/IP
packets by specifying a diffServ or typeOfService Tcp Transport Option (

e.g. tcp://somehost:61616?trace=false&soTimeout=60000&diffServ=AF21
e.g. tcp://somehost:61616?trace=false&soTimeout=60000&typeOfService=3

I am part of a student group ( at
Tufts University that is implementing this functionality in ActiveMQ for potential use by
MIT Lincoln Labs as part of the NextGen Network Enabled Weather Program (

We would like to contribute our changes back to the ActiveMQ trunk, if possible. Attached
is a initial patch against the 5.3.0 release version, which implements setting the Differentiated
Services class via a Tcp Transport Option on the connection URI.

Some notes about this approach:

The basic underlying mechanism for actually setting the bits in the packet headers is the method. This was
the most elegant implementation out of all the possible implementations that we came up with.

In order for setTrafficClass to work in JDK 6, it is necessary to set the System property to be true. We found that this has precedent in ActiveMQ (,
but we are hoping that  this issue will be resolved in JDK 7, so that we can use the IPv6
stack when possible.

In addition, the current implementation only sets the specified Differentiated Services bits
on the outgoing packets, and has no control over the Acknowledgments sent back for those packets.
We have yet to find an elegant and cross-platform way to have the ActiveMQ Broker find out
what the Differentiated Services bits on the incoming packets are directly in Java, although
we are considering approaches that would involve calling a shell script from TcpTransportServer
that would utilize IPtables.

We would like to know if might be interested in accepting this work into the ActiveMQ trunk.
The sooner you let us know one way or another, the better, as this is a single-semester project.

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