TCP loopback socket fusing
oppermann at networx.ch
Tue Sep 14 15:41:03 UTC 2010
On 14.09.2010 11:18, Fabien Thomas wrote:
> This will maybe kill the long time debate about "my loopback is slow vs linux"
> To have the best of both world what about a socket option to enable/disable fusing:
> can be useful when you need to see some connection "packetized".
A sysctl to that effect is already in the patch.
> On 13 sept. 2010, at 13:33, Andre Oppermann wrote:
>> When a TCP connection via loopback back to localhost is made the whole
>> send, segmentation and receive path (with larger packets though) is still
>> executed. This has some considerable overhead.
>> To short-circuit the send and receive sockets on localhost TCP connections
>> I've made a proof-of-concept patch that directly places the data in the
>> other side's socket buffer without doing any packetization and other protocol
>> overhead (like UNIX domain sockets). The connections setup (SYN, SYN-ACK,
>> ACK) and shutdown are still handled by normal TCP segments via loopback so
>> that firewalling stills works. The actual payload data during the session
>> won't be seen and the sequence numbers don't move other than for SYN and FIN.
>> The sequence are remain valid though. Obviously tcpdump won't see any data
>> transfers either if the connection has fused sockets.
>> Preliminary testing (with WITNESS and INVARIANTS enabled) has shown stable
>> operation and a rough doubling of the throughput on loopback connections.
>> I've tested most socket teardown cases and it behaves fine. I'm not entirely
>> sure I've got all possible path's but the way it is integrated should properly
>> defuse the sockets in all situations.
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