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I used iperf to measure the max throughput for TCP connection between two ubuntu machines. Both the machines were directly connected be means of a 1Gbps cable. When I performed iperf tests i obtained a bandwidth of 845 Mbps on an average. But when i tried reversing the direction (i.e changed server to client and viceversa) the results went down to 185 Mbps.These results are an average of ten readings and the max i was able to obtain was 370Mbps. I then decided to set the same value for parameters such as rmem_max, wmem_max, tcp_rmem, tcp_wmem but even after setting same parameters i got similiar results. i.e(845Mbps in one direction and 185Mbps in the other direction). I don't know what the possible cause could be. Is there something important that i have missed?

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    I just made a similar observation: In a similar setup, iperf -c ... is much faster for me compared to iperf -r -c .... I have no explanation for this behavior either.
    – bluenote10
    May 14 '14 at 11:45

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