Solaris TCP Performance Tuning

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As we have throughout the TCP Performance Tuning series, we're going to make sure RFC 1323 Window Scaling is enabled and increase our send and receive window size to 1 MB. The ndd command is the Solaris equivalent of sysctl in FreeBSD/Linux/Mac OS X.

sudo ndd -set /dev/tcp tcp_wscale_always 1
sudo ndd -set /dev/tcp tcp_tstamp_if_wscale 1
sudo ndd -set /dev/tcp tcp_max_buf 16777216
sudo ndd -set /dev/tcp tcp_cwnd_max 8388608
sudo ndd -set /dev/tcp tcp_xmit_hiwat 1048576
sudo ndd -set /dev/tcp tcp_recv_hiwat 1048576

To make these settings permanent, add the following lines to /etc/system.

set ndd:tcp_wscale_always=1
set ndd:tcp_tstamp_if_wscale=1
set ndd:tcp_max_buf=16777216
set ndd:tcp_cwnd_max=8388608
set ndd:tcp_xmit_hiwat=1048576
set ndd:tcp_recv_hiwat=1048576

By default, Solaris has RFC 1323 Window Scaling and Timestamps enabled, but it never hurts to make sure.

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