Re: R: Kernel bug handling TCP_RTO_MAX?

From: Nivedita Singhvi (
Date: Fri Dec 13 2002 - 01:26:55 EST

Nivedita Singhvi wrote:

> our default init rto is 300, so currently we're going to timeout
> on anything thats a 100ms over the min of 200. that is far
> less conservative than setting an rto of 200 when your round
> trip time is a thousand or 10,000 times less..does that make sense?

Doh! init rto is NOT 300ms, its 3 seconds. That minor blooper
shreds my comparison argument a tad :)..but Dave's point renders
that moot, in any case..

"David S. Miller" wrote:

> Actually, TCP_RTO_MIN cannot be made any smaller without
> some serious thought.
> The reason it is 200ms is due to the granularity of the BSD
> TCP socket timers.
> In short, the repercussions are not exactly well known, so it's
> a research problem to fiddle here.


Sometime in the not too distant future, the next generation of
infrastructure will require this to be reworked :).

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