[partially solved] tcp_window_scaling degrades performance

From: Maciej Soltysiak
Date: Mon Jul 19 2004 - 13:15:17 EST

> AK> It is very very likely the firewall, window scaling works for a lot
> AK> of people.
> It is probable, but here: only 2.6.7+ machines behave like this.
> I also noticed, that turning tcp_window_scaling off does not always
> fix the problem, turning tcp_bic to 0 too helps even more.
It appears that checkpoint fw-1 that is here spoils everything so that
current linux boxes need to disable tcp_windows_scaling to get
reasonable throughput. When I switched a server to a different link
that bypasses checkpoint it worked well.

Although it most propably is checkpoint's fault (This one is based on
linux 2.4.9-39cpsmp) I belive that the change in the kernel that started
producing these problems is this one:

When I removed this patch from a 2.6.8-rc1 kernel it started to work
good again. But of course it may be a blind shot.

I am planning on investigating this issue from the checkpoint's

Anyway if there is anyone willing to investigate the tcpdumps and
tcptraces of the slow/fast throughput, here it is:

I am no guru, but it shows:
1) slower throughput
2) twice as much packets exchanged
3) different advertised windows

Best regards,

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