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Date:	Thu, 15 Jul 2010 19:14:24 -0400
From:	Bill Davidsen <>
To:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: Raise initial congestion window size / speedup slow start?

David Miller wrote:
> From: Bill Davidsen <>
> Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 11:21:15 -0400
>> You may have to go into /proc/sys/net/core and crank up the
>> rmem_* settings, depending on your distribution.
> You should never, ever, have to touch the various networking sysctl
> values to get good performance in any normal setup.  If you do, it's a
> bug, report it so we can fix it.
> I cringe every time someone says to do this, so please do me a favor
> and don't spread this further. :-)
I think transit time measured in 1/10th sec would disqualify this as a "normal 

High bandwidth and high latency don't work well because you get "send until the 
window is full then wait for ack" and poor performance. I saw this with sat feed 
to Wyoming from GE's Research Center in upstate NY in the late 80's or early 
90's. (I think this was NYserNet at that time). I did feeds from NYC area to 
California and Hawaii with SBC in the early to mid 2k years. In every case 
SunOS, Solaris, AIX and Linux all failed to hit anything like reasonable 
transfer speeds without manually tweaking, and I got the advice on increasing 
window size from network engineers at ISPs and backbone providers.

The O.P. may have other issues, and may benefit from doing other things as well, 
but raising window size is a reasonable thing to do on links with RTT in 
hundreds of ms, and it's easy to try without changing config files.

Bill Davidsen <>
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