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How to reduce packet loss with large data streams

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Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9


You experience a high amount of packets being dropped when performing large data stream transfers (>50MByte/s).


Increase the ring buffer size of your network card:

  1. Check the maximum size of the receive (RX) buffer:
    ethtool -g eth0

    Example output:
    Pre-set maximums:
    RX: 4096
    TX: 4096

    Current hardware settings:
    RX: 256
    TX: 256

  2. Set the RX buffer to the maximum size:
    ethtool -G eth0 rx 4096


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  • Document ID:3316232
  • Creation Date:26-SEP-07
  • Modified Date:27-APR-12
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