Category Archives: Networking

The problem with excessive buffering in networks

I have been shaping the traffic going to and from my Linux server at home, which doubles as an Internet router, for a couple of years now to avoid the serious implications a congested network can have on interactive sessions, such as games and SSH sessions.

This morning I read an interesting article on the subject by Jim Gettys, and the problem seems to be worse than anticipated. You can read more about the problem here, and the detailed analysis here.