Will reducing the TCP 2msl value helps in reducing CPU utilization ?

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Article ID: 167651

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ProxySG Software - SGOS

Issue/Introduction

Each TCP connection will have a timer of its own as it enters the TCP TIME_WAIT state. Once it completes the TCP TIME_WAIT period, it will be cleared from the TCP connections table. As the clearance is not a scheduled/batch process (i.e. not performed periodically), reducing this value might provide little relieve on CPU utilization.

If there are any CPU usage improvements as a result of changing this value, it might be the result of :

- keeping the connection open for a shorter period of time which would reduce the number of PCB entries which could slightly reduce the amount of time required to find a connection
- The local port will be held for a shorter period of time which would make it easier to find an open local port to bind to when initiating new connections.
 

SG200#configure terminal
SG200#(config)tcp-ip tcp-2msl ?
 <seconds>
SG200#(config)tcp-ip tcp-2msl 120
  ok
SG200#(config)exit

SG200#show tcp-ip
.....
  TCP 2MSL timeout:             120 seconds           <<<<< Default value
.....