[Bloat] DSLReports Speed Test has latency measurement built-in

jb justin at dslr.net
Tue Apr 21 19:17:31 EDT 2015

Regarding the low TCP RWIN max setting, and smoothness.

One remark up-thread still bothers me. It was pointed out (and it makes
sense to me) that if you set a low TCP max rwin it is per stream, but if
you do multiple streams you are still going to rush the soho buffer.

However my observation with a low server rwin max was that the smooth
upload graph was the same whether I did 1 upload stream or 6 upload
streams, or apparently any number.
I would have thought that with 6 streams, the PC is going to try to flood
6x as much data as 1 stream, and this would put you back to square one.
However this was not what happened. It was puzzling that no matter what,
one setting server side got rid of the chop.
Anyone got any plausible explanations for this ?

if not, I'll run some more tests with 1, 6 and 12, to a low rwin server,
and post the graphs to the list. I might also have to start to graph the
interface traffic on a sub-second level, rather than the browser traffic,
to make sure the browser isn't lying about the stalls and chop.

This 7800N has setting for priority of traffic, and utilisation (as a
percentage). Utilisation % didn't help, but priority helped. Making web low
priority and SSH high priority smoothed things out a lot without changing
the speed. Perhaps "low" priority means it isn't so eager to fill its


On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 8:13 AM, jb <justin at dslr.net> wrote:

> Today I've switched it back to large receive window max.
> The customer base is everything from GPRS to gigabit. But I know from
> experience that if a test doesn't flatten someones gigabit connection they
> will immediately assume "oh congested servers, insufficient capacity" and
> the early adopters of fiber to the home and faster cable products are the
> most visible in tech forums and so on.
> It would be interesting to set one or a few servers with a small receive
> window, take them from the pool, and allow an option to select those,
> otherwise they would not participate in any default run. Then as you point
> out, the test can suggest trying those as an option for results with
> chaotic upload speeds and probable bloat. The person would notice the
> beauty of the more intimate connection between their kernel and a server,
> and work harder to eliminate the problematic equipment. Or. They'd stop
> telling me the test was bugged.
> thanks
> On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 12:28 AM, David Lang <david at lang.hm> wrote:
>> On Tue, 21 Apr 2015, David Lang wrote:
>>  On Tue, 21 Apr 2015, David Lang wrote:
>>>  I suspect you guys are going to say the server should be left with a
>>>>> large
>>>>> max receive window.. and let people complain to find out what their
>>>>> issue
>>>>> is.
>>>> what is your customer base? how important is it to provide faster
>>>> service to teh fiber users? Are they transferring ISO images so the
>>>> difference is significant to them? or are they downloading web pages where
>>>> it's the difference between a half second and a quarter second? remember
>>>> that you are seeing this on the upload side.
>>>> in the long run, fixing the problem at the client side is the best
>>>> thing to do, but in the meantime, you sometimes have to work around broken
>>>> customer stuff.
>>> for the speedtest servers, it should be set large, the purpose is to
>>> test the quality of the customer stuff, so you don't want to do anything on
>>> your end that papers over the problem, only to have the customer think
>>> things are good and experience problems when connecting to another server
>>> that doesn't implement work-arounds.
>> Just after hitting send it occured to me that it may be the right thing
>> to have the server that's being hit by the test play with these settings.
>> If the user works well at lower settings, but has problems at higher
>> settings, the point where they start having problems may be useful to know.
>> David Lang
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