RINA - scott whaps at the nanog hornets nest :-)

George Bonser gbonser at seven.com
Sat Nov 6 15:09:30 CDT 2010

> There's still a metric buttload of SONET interfaces in the core that
> won't go above 4470.
> So, you might conceivably get 4k MTU at some point in the future, but
> it's really, *really* unlikely you'll get to 9k MTU any time in the
> next
> decade.
> Matt

Agreed.  But even 4470 is better than 1500.  1500 was fine for 10G
ethernet, it is actually pretty silly for GigE and better.

This survey that Dykstra did back in 1999 points out exactly what you


And that was over a decade ago.

There is no reason, in my opinion, for the various peering points to be
a 1500 byte bottleneck in a path that might otherwise be larger.
Increasing that from 1500 to even 3000 or 4500 gives a measurable
performance boost over high latency connections such as from Europe to
APAC or Western US.  This is not to mention a reduction in the number of
ACK packets flying back and forth across the Internet and a general
reduction in the number of packets that must be processed for a given

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