Configuring core group socket buffers
Most operating systems provide program interfaces for performing operations involving the sending and receiving of data over sockets. Most operating systems also provide administrative capabilities to control the amount of memory allocated per socket that is used as data buffers.
Before you begin
Check your operating system settings that are relevant to TCP sockets. For example, if you are using an AIX operating system, check the values that are specified for the tcp_sendspace, tcp_recvspace, and sb_max settings. Similarly on a Linux operating system, check the values that are specified for the tcp_rmem, and tcp_wmem settings.
- Use the WAS performance monitoring infrastructure to determine the average message size that the core group transport handles. If your operating system setting for the default buffer size is smaller than the average message size, make one of the following changes:
- Change the default buffer size setting for your operating system. However, this action might be inappropriate because it might affect the operation of other applications running on this operating system.
- Change the size of the socket buffer that the core group transport obtains. The value that is specified for the IBM_CS_SOCKET_BUFFER_SIZE core group custom property determines the size of the socket buffer that the core group transport obtains. The following table shows the relationship between the values that can be specified for this property and the underlying memory allocation size per socket buffer type:
Socket Buffer Type Property set to 0 Property set to 1 Property set to 2 Property set to 3 Unicast receive Operating system default buffer size is used. Buffer size is 64 kilobytes Buffer size is 256 kilobytes Buffer size is 1 megabyte Unicast send Operating system default buffer size is used. Operating system default buffer size is used. Buffer size is 64 kilobytes Buffer size is 128 kilobytes Multicast receive Operating system default buffer size is used. Buffer size is 512 kilobytes Buffer size is 1 megabyte Buffer size is 3 megabytes
About this taskYou might want to change the size of your core group buffers in the following circumstances:
- You are directed to do so by IBM Support
- You are directed to do so during the course of installing another WebSphere product.
- You want to change the behavior of the core group transport without affecting the behavior of other sockets.
- You are trying to tune the network communication path of your system to your application.
To change the socket buffer space that the core group transport allocates:
- In the administrative console, click Servers > Core groups > Core group settings > core_group_name.
- Under Additional Properties, click Custom Properties.
- Change the value that is specified for the IBM_CS_SOCKET_BUFFER_SIZE custom property.
If the IBM_CS_SOCKET_BUFFER_SIZE property already exists, click the property name and specify either 0, 1, 2, or 3.
If this property does not already exist, click New and create it:
- In the Name field, specify IBM_CS_SOCKET_BUFFER_SIZE.
- In the Value field specify one of the following strings:
- Click OK, and then click Save to save your changes.
- Select Synchronize changes with nodes, and then click Save again.
- Restart all members of the core group.
ResultsAfter the servers restart, the core group members all run with the new socket buffer size settings.
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