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[mininet-discuss] two consecutive iperf measures: very different output values

Nicholas Bastin nick.bastin at
Wed Oct 28 12:39:28 PDT 2015

On Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 11:28 AM, Massimo Canonico <mex at> wrote:

> then I run iperf 10 times in each of my 5 run and I compute the average.
> First run with 10 "iperf" run --> Average : 578Mbps
> Second run with 10 "iperf" run --> Average : 590Mbps
> Third run with 10 "iperf" run --> Average : 594Mbps
> Fourth run with 10 "iperf" run --> Average : 586Mbps
> Fifth run with 10 "iperf" run --> Average : 592Mbps
> Now the questions are at least two:
> 1. since the network is so simple, I should see something close to 800Mbps
> but as you can see, the iperf outputs are quite far away from the reference
> value. Where does mininet lose 200Mbps?

Whether you're likely to get 800Mbps involves a lot of factors, not least
of which are the TCP parameters on your hosts (window size, scaling, etc.),
whether shaping is causing uneven queuing or any reordering or drops.

> 2. is it acceptable that the values range is [578, 594] in such a simple
> and unloaded network?

That variance is pretty reasonable, without knowing more about your

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