Optimizing TCP: Nagle's Algorithm and Beyond

A guide to some of the most misunderstood settings for fine-tuning the TCP/IP performance that underpins your whole network.

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TCP is where the network and application meet, and is often ignored by network engineers and application teams alike when troubleshooting performance issues.

After reading this paper, you'll have a better understanding of some oft-misunderstood methods for improving TCP performance, which will make it easier to troubleshoot network performance problems in the future, and will give you a leg-up when it comes to fine-tuning your network.

You'll learn:

  • What causes Nagle Delays, how the affect your network, and how to manage them.
  • What TCP_NODELAY, TCP_QUICKACK, and TCP_QUICKACK can do for you, or how they could be hurting your network's performance.
  • How to test your network for TCP performance issues, and correct the problems you find.