[uf-discuss] Size considerations

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Fri Oct 20 14:17:57 PDT 2006

In message <E60EA0F2-215D-4E7F-A89A-380344C625E2 at technorati.com>, Ryan
King <ryan at technorati.com> writes

>On Oct 19, 2006, at 12:43 PM, Andy Mabbett wrote:

>> Why is packet size relevant?

>The cost of sending and receiving data in TCP/IP is broken up into
>fixed costs (ie, things that are constant for every connection or
>every packet) and the variable time needed the send the actual data.
>In the case of short connections with small amounts data, the fixed
>costs will greatly outweigh the variable ones. This means that saving
>a fraction of a packet will have negligible impact on the performance
>of the TCP/IP socket.

My full question was:

        Why is packet size relevant? The page concerned has many - and
        some have dozens - of table rows in similar format.

Andy Mabbett
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