Network Performance Knowledge Base

Buffer Bloat

Recently there has been much discussion of the Buffer Bloat problem in the Internet. It is important to understand that the buffer bloat problem only affects networks that are 100Mbps or slower, while fasterdata is aimed at networks that are 10Gbps or faster. Most operating systems today have default settings for 1Gbps networks, and need to be tuned for both faster and slower networks.

Note that most of the host tuning information on fasterdata will make the buffer bloat problem worse if your host is on a slower network.

Check out Codel if you want to try to reduce the problem of buffer bloat at home.