Re: proposed stemcell network performance tuning


Joshua McKenty <jmckenty@...>
 

Amit - I worry about changes to the former in the context of HTTP 1.0 and 1.1, especially without pipelining. What problem are you trying to solve?

If you’re having trouble initiating new sockets, there are other kernel params we should adjust.

On Sep 29, 2015, at 5:17 PM, Amit Gupta <agupta(a)pivotal.io> wrote:

Hi all,

I'd like to propose tuning a couple kernel parameters related to tcp performance:

# TCP_FIN_TIMEOUT
# This setting determines the time that must elapse before TCP/IP can release a closed connection and reuse
# its resources. During this TIME_WAIT state, reopening the connection to the client costs less than establishing
# a new connection. By reducing the value of this entry, TCP/IP can release closed connections faster, making more
# resources available for new connections. Adjust this in the presence of many connections sitting in the
# TIME_WAIT state:

echo 5 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_fin_timeout

# TCP_TW_REUSE
# This allows reusing sockets in TIME_WAIT state for new connections when it is safe from protocol viewpoint.
# Default value is 0 (disabled). It is generally a safer alternative to tcp_tw_recycle

echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_tw_reuse

Currently, these parameters are set by certain jobs in cf-release, diego-release, and perhaps others. Any VM needing to establish a high number of incoming/outgoing tcp connections in a short period of time will be unable to establish new connections without changing these parameters.

We believe these parameters are safe to change across the board, and will be generally beneficial. The existing defaults made sense for much older networks, but can be greatly optimized for modern systems.

Please share with the mailing lists if you have any questions or feedback about this proposal. If you maintain a bosh release and would like to see how these changes would affect your release, you can create a job which simply does the above in its startup scripts, and colocate that job with all the other jobs in a deployment of your release.

Thanks,

Amit Gupta
Cloud Foundry PM, OSS Release Integration team

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