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Tcp Auto Tuning Windows 2008cleverjournal

  1. However, the TCP auto tuning feature may get things wrong sometimes. Instead of optimal true receive window size, incompatible and out of range RWIN size may be used. By default, Windows in normal auto tuning level will use RWIN size of 256 bytes with a scale factor of 8.
  2. Try enabling 'experimental' mode for astronomical Auto-Tuning levels. When setting Windows Auto-Tuning level the possible settings are as follows: normal: default value, allows the receive window to grow to accommodate most conditions; disabled: uses a fixed value for the tcp receive window. Limits it to 64KB (limited at 65535).

Here is How to Fix The Situation

A TCP SYN packet is retransmitted more than one time over the TCP connection. The TCP connection is created by a client that does not support the TCP window scaling feature. For example, the TCP connection is created by a computer that is running Windows XP.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system has been mired in controversy almost since its public unveiling a little over a year ago. First, Microsoft drew criticism because of the “forced” nature of the updates. Whether a user explicitly wanted them or not, update files often downloaded without a user’s express permission and could even automatically install themselves under certain conditions. Now, thanks to the recently released Windows 10 anniversary update, a certain feature that is enabled by default could potentially be slowing a person’s computer down without them realizing that they have a problem in the first place.

Window Auto Tuning

Like much of the Windows 10 operating system, the Window Auto Tuning feature built into the software was created with only the best of intentions. It’s actually a modern version of a feature that has been around since the days of Windows Vista that is designed to improve the way that certain programs perform when sending TCP data over a network connection. The issue is that the default configuration options used by the feature (which itself automatically runs by default) are NOT optimized for every type of connection out there.

If you’ve recently updated your computer to Windows 10 and feel that your Internet speeds are slower than normal or are generally more sluggish than you’d like, there is a very high chance that this feature is why. Luckily, it’s a problem with a relatively straightforward solution.

Disabling Window Auto-Tuning

Those who wish to disable Window Auto Tuning and regain some of their lost Internet connection speed can do so using the command prompt. From the desktop, hold the “Windows” key on your keyboard and open the command prompt by typing “cmd.exe” into the box that appears. Hold down the “Shift” and “CTRL” keys on the keyboard, tap the “Enter” key and click “Yes” on the UAC prompt that opens.

Type the command “netsh interface tcp show global” into the command prompt box (without quotation marks) to view the configuration options of the computer in question. If the option “Receive Window Auto Tuning Level” has a setting of “normal” next to it, the Window Auto Tuning Feature is currently enabled.

To disable the feature, type the command “netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled” into the box on screen (without quotation marks) and hit “Enter” on your computer’s keyboard. The Window Auto Tuning feature will now be disabled.

To verify that this was the cause of your slow Internet connection problems, visit a site like SpeedTest.net and run a speed test on your Internet service provider’s connection. If your speed test ranks higher than it has in the past, or if you notice that your computer is generally faster as you go about your business, congratulations – you just solved your problem.

If Window Auto Tuning was NOT the reason you were experiencing slow connection speeds, don’t worry – you can always turn it back on.

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Return to the command prompt box and type the command “netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal” (without quotation marks). Hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard once again to turn the feature back on. You’ll also likely want to experiment with additional settings on your computer that could be causing your Internet speeds to dip below the upload and download rates that you’re paying for from your Internet service provider.

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Note: This mechanism is sometimes referred to as 'Dynamic Right-Sizing' (DRS).

The issues mentioned under 'Large TCP Windows' are arguments in favor of 'buffer auto-tuning', a promising but relatively new approach to better TCP performance in operating systems. See the TCP auto-tuning zoo reference for a description of some approaches.

Microsoft introduced (receive-side) buffer auto-tuning in Windows Vista. This implementation is explained in a TechNet Magazine 'Cable Guy' article.

FreeBSD introduced buffer auto-tuning as part of its 7.0 release.

Mac OS X introduced buffer auto-tuning in release 10.5.

Linux auto-tuning details

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Some automatic buffer tuning is implemented in Linux 2.4 (sender-side), and Linux 2.6 implements it for both the send and receive directions.

In a post to the web100-discuss mailing list, John Heffner describes the Linux 2.6.16 (March 2006) Linux implementation as follows:

For the sender, we explored separating the send buffer and retransmit queue, but this has been put on the back burner. This is a cleaner approach, but is not necessary to achieve good performance. What is currently implemented in Linux is essentially what is described in Semke '98, but without the max-min fair sharing. When memory runs out, Linux implements something more like congestion control for reducing memory. It's not clear that this is well-behaved, and I'm not aware of any literature on this. However, it's rarely used in practice.

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For the receiver, we took an approach similar to DRS, but not quite the same. RTT is measured with timestamps (when available), rather than using a bounding function. This allows it to track a rise in RTT (for example, due to path change or queuing). Also, a subtle but important difference is that receiving rate is measured by the amount of data consumed by the application, not data received by TCP.

Matt Mathis reports on the end2end-interest mailing list (26/07/06):

Linux 2.6.17 now has sender and receiver side autotuning and a 4 MB DEFAULT maximum window size. Yes, by default it negotiates a TCP window scale of 7.

4 MB is sufficient to support about 100 Mb/s on a 300 ms path or 1 Gb/s on a 30 ms path, assuming you have enough data and an extremely clean (loss-less) network.

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References

  • TCP auto-tuning zoo, Web page by Tom Dunegan of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PDF
  • A Comparison of TCP Automatic Tuning Techniques for Distributed Computing, E. Weigle, W. Feng, 2002, PDF
  • Automatic TCP Buffer Tuning, J. Semke, J. Mahdavi, M. Mathis, SIGCOMM 1998, PS
  • Dynamic Right-Sizing in TCP, M. Fisk, W. Feng, Proc. of the Los Alamos Computer Science Institute Symposium, October 2001, PDF
  • Dynamic Right-Sizing in FTP (drsFTP): Enhancing Grid Performance in User-Space, M.K. Gardner, Wu-chun Feng, M. Fisk, July 2002, PDF. This paper describes an implementation of buffer-tuning at application level for FTP, i.e. outside of the kernel.
  • Socket Buffer Auto-Sizing for High-Performance Data Transfers, R. Prasad, M. Jain, C. Dovrolis, PDF
  • The Cable Guy: TCP Receive Window Auto-Tuning, J. Davies, January 2007, Microsoft TechNet Magazine
  • What's New in FreeBSD 7.0, F. Biancuzzi, A. Oppermann et al., February 2008, ONLamp
  • How to disable the TCP autotuning diagnostic tool, Microsoft Support, Article ID: 967475, February 2009

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