Speed Your Data with Tips from ESnet’s FasterData Site

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Over at the Energy Sciences Network, Jon Bashor writes that ESnet’s FasterData.es.net is popular online repository of tips and tricks for improving network performance. Maintained by Brian Tierney for the last 15 years or so, the site comprises around 120 pages, about 50% of the page views where on the pages of that focus on tuning Linux hosts for better network performance on network paths above 1 gigabit per second.

There are a few settings that aren’t defaults and if you use them, they can gain you a lot in terms of performance,” said Tierney, cautioning that the same settings will actually downgrade the performance of slower networks or home routers. “The site contains a lot of arcane details that are hard to memorize, so users can go to a page, copy and paste the settings into their systems.”

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