[e2e] TCP improved closing strategies?

Fernando Gont fernando at gont.com.ar
Thu Aug 13 02:02:25 PDT 2009

William Allen Simpson wrote:

> I've been informed that even today, with a more limited TCP activity,
> busy servers cannot wait 2MSL to finish closing.

Not only busy servers. Many systems have reduced the length of the
TIME-WAIT state, no matter how "busy" they are.

> Also, busy caching servers run out of port numbers, and cycle quickly.
> So there's ample opportunity for seemingly duplicate transmissions.
> I've been searching my personal copy of the e2e-interest archives back to
> '98 (the previous years are only on backup somewhere), and haven't found
> anything on improved closing strategies.  Ideas?

Well, you do have "improved *opening* strategies" :-). See page 93 of:

Timestamps can be used to safely recycle the TIME-WAIT state (provided
that timestamps are monotonically-increasing across connections.)


Kind regards,
Fernando Gont
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