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    SubjectRe: network traffic doesn't balence well on recent kernels
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    I'm generally familiar with TCP/IP's algorithms.  The reason I'm asking has
    more to do with the fact that Windows 98 and older Linux kernels *work
    better*. I find myself returning to W98 to surf and download because it
    makes better use of my time...that's not a situation I like...it's just the
    way it works now....and maybe reporting it will help someone.

    Can anyone think of a way that the kernels changed in the last few months
    that would make "link hogging" worse? In the meantime, I'll try some of
    Alan's suggestions and report any changes.

    jeff

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Alan Cox <alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk>
    To: ron flory <rjflory@feist.com>
    Cc: <linux-kernel@vger.rutgers.edu>
    Sent: Saturday, June 05, 1999 7:55 PM
    Subject: Re: network traffic doesn't balence well on recent kernels


    > > Jeff Millar wrote:
    > > > When using the internet with late v2.2 and recent v2.3 kernels, the
    > > > first process to get the link seems to hog the bandwidth.
    > >
    > > I've noticed this since 2.0.1x, it might be 'normal' yet unexpected
    > > behavior.
    >
    > Link capture is a normal TCP behaviour unfortunately. You can reduce it a
    bit
    > on modem links by lowering the tcp window (man route) and/or the driver
    > queue length (ifconfig ppp0 txqlen 3 I believe for newer ifconfig).
    >
    > What actually occurs is that one session starts to drop packets more than
    the
    > other, it backs off so the other takes up the rest of the bandwidth,
    probability
    > then says the backed off session will tend to fail to get packets through
    > on retry too
    >
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