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[[email protected]: Re: Network slowdown from 2.6.7 to 2.6.9]

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  Any comment on this? Is there actually any bug in pf support for window
scaling that could significantly drop the throughput?
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On Tue, 16 Nov 2004 15:46:25 -0800
Harry Edmon <[email protected]> wrote:
> I have a system that is running a program that receives and sends 
> atmospheric data via TCP.  Most of the data is either in little packets 
> (between 64 and 127 bytes) and large packets (between 1024 and 1517).  I 
> am running this on a dual Xeon box (Tyan S2721-533 motherboard) with 2 
> GB of memory and a Intel gigabit ethernet (82546EB).  I have been 
> running this under 2.6.7.  When I switch to 2.6.9 on the same hardware, 
> my network throughtput is cut by more than half.  All I can tell from 
> looking at "netstat -s" is that my TCP resets are orders of magnitude 
> higher under 2.6.9 than 2.6.7.  Enclosed is my 2.6.7 and 2.6.9 config 
> files.  Anyone have any ideas where I should look to find the problem?
Do an OpenBSD or other firewall in the way that doesn't understand window
scaling? OpenBSD pf doesn't correctly TCP window scaling so it ruins the
throughput (typically 1/4 of expected).
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