last week I asked about the limits for TCP window size on Sun systems:
I tried to enlarge my TCP buffers on SunOS4.1.x systems.
* Default TCP buffer sizes (in bytes)
int tcp_sendspace = 1024*64;
int tcp_recvspace = 1024*64;
to a 64KB window. The modified kernel failed during startup of the portmapper
portmap cannot create socket: No buffer space available
My question are the following once: What are the limits for TCP Window size
on Suns (4.1.x and 5.x) and is it possible to enlarge buffers to 64KB.
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I got a mail from Jim.Fiori@East.Sun.Com who answered all the questions I had:
( thanks to Jim.Fiori@East.Sun.Com ):
For SunOS 4.X, the actual limit is ~52K (a value enforced by the kernel in an
attempt to limit mbuf usage).
For SunOS 5.X, the limit is 64K.
I tried 52K on a 4.1.3 system and it still failed, 48K were working fine.
I didn't check (yet) for SunOS 5.X
What was more important (at least for me) is the following addon:
An implementation of RFC 1323 (long,fat networks (LFN) is available
(at least for 4.1.3) as a consulting special (CONSULT-TCPLFN).
I can mail to anybody who is interested in a short description of this
consulting special (thanks again to Jim.Fiori@East.Sun.Com). It is a postscript
file, so I will not include it in this summary to avoid wasting bandwidth.
For your information (you might not have only suns, or connect exclusively to
a) DEC OSF/1 supports the Window Scale option of RFC 1323.
b) SGI running IRIX 5.0 or later has the RFC 1323 extensions.
c) Stock HP-UX 9.X TCP does not support RFC 1323.
( The RFC 1323 extensions are shipped with the 9.X EISA Fibre Channel
software or you wait till the next major release is out :-)
d) Berkeley 4.4 should implement it too
Hope that helps,
ESO (European Southern Observatory)
Tel: +49 89 32006 441
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