Commit d2e1339f authored by Bendik Rønning Opstad's avatar Bendik Rønning Opstad Committed by David S. Miller
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tcp: Fix CWV being too strict on thin streams

Application limited streams such as thin streams, that transmit small
amounts of payload in relatively few packets per RTT, can be prevented
from growing the CWND when in congestion avoidance. This leads to
increased sojourn times for data segments in streams that often transmit
time-dependent data.

Currently, a connection is considered CWND limited only after having
successfully transmitted at least one packet with new data, while at the
same time failing to transmit some unsent data from the output queue
because the CWND is full. Applications that produce small amounts of
data may be left in a state where it is never considered to be CWND
limited, because all unsent data is successfully transmitted each time
an incoming ACK opens up for more data to be transmitted in the send

Fix by always testing whether the CWND is fully used after successful
packet transmissions, such that a connection is considered CWND limited
whenever the CWND has been filled. This is the correct behavior as
specified in RFC2861 (section 3.1).

Cc: Andreas Petlund <>
Cc: Carsten Griwodz <>
Cc: Jonas Markussen <>
Cc: Kenneth Klette Jonassen <>
Cc: Mads Johannessen <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarBendik Rønning Opstad <>
Acked-by: default avatarEric Dumazet <>
Tested-by: default avatarEric Dumazet <>
Acked-by: default avatarNeal Cardwell <>
Tested-by: default avatarNeal Cardwell <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarDavid S. Miller <>
parent 5e2a5ebc
......@@ -1822,7 +1822,7 @@ static bool tcp_tso_should_defer(struct sock *sk, struct sk_buff *skb,
/* Ok, it looks like it is advisable to defer. */
if (cong_win < send_win && cong_win < skb->len)
if (cong_win < send_win && cong_win <= skb->len)
*is_cwnd_limited = true;
return true;
......@@ -2055,7 +2055,6 @@ static bool tcp_write_xmit(struct sock *sk, unsigned int mss_now, int nonagle,
cwnd_quota = tcp_cwnd_test(tp, skb);
if (!cwnd_quota) {
is_cwnd_limited = true;
if (push_one == 2)
/* Force out a loss probe pkt. */
cwnd_quota = 1;
......@@ -2137,6 +2136,7 @@ repair:
/* Send one loss probe per tail loss episode. */
if (push_one != 2)
is_cwnd_limited |= (tcp_packets_in_flight(tp) >= tp->snd_cwnd);
tcp_cwnd_validate(sk, is_cwnd_limited);
return false;
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