Long-haul 100Mbps EPL circuit throughput issue

Eric Dugas edugas at unknowndevice.ca
Thu Nov 5 21:48:51 UTC 2015

Hello NANOG,

We've been dealing with an interesting throughput issue with one of our
carrier. Specs and topology:

100Mbps EPL, fiber from a national carrier. We do MPLS to the CPE providing
a VRF circuit to our customer back to our data center through our MPLS
network. Circuit has 75 ms of latency since it's around 5000km.

Linux test machine in customer's VRF <-> SRX100 <-> Carrier CPE (Cisco
2960G) <-> Carrier's MPLS network <-> NNI - MX80 <-> Our MPLS network <->
Terminating edge - MX80 <-> Distribution switch - EX3300 <-> Linux test
machine in customer's VRF

We can full the link in UDP traffic with iperf but with TCP, we can reach
80-90% and then the traffic drops to 50% and slowly increase up to 90%.

Any one have dealt with this kind of problem in the past? We've tested by
forcing ports to 100-FD at both ends, policing the circuit on our side,
called the carrier and escalated to L2/L3 support. They tried to also
police the circuit but as far as I know, they didn't modify anything else.
I've told our support to make them look for underrun errors on their Cisco
switch and they can see some. They're pretty much in the same boat as us
and they're not sure where to look at.


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