Chapter 3. Tuning TCP: Transport Layer

This chapter describes some of key Transport Control Protocol (TCP) tunable parameters related to performance tuning. More importantly it describes how these tunables work, how they interact with each other, and how they impact network traffic when they are modified.

Applications often recommend TCP settings for tunable parameters, but offer few details on the meaning of the parameters and adverse effects that might result from the recommended settings. This chapter is intended as a guide to understanding those recommendations. This chapter is intended for network architects and administrators who have an intermediate knowledge of networking and TCP. This is not an introductory chapter on TCP terminology. ...

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