I'm currently having a problem troubleshooting a trading application. Let me give a simple diagram of the current network setup
(Gov't Stock Exchange Network Router)X-->(256kbs Leased Line)<--X(Telco Router)<-(100mbps fast E link)--->Our Network Devices(5 Switches, 1 Firewall)<-->Trading Server.
Our users reports that they are experiencing slowness at around 9:30 to 9:45am. I checked the CPU, Memory, Response Time and Link Utilization of all our Network Devices and Interfaces and all of them reports normal levels.
Part of the trading process is the communication between the Stock Exchange Network and our Trading Servers so if there is any slowness on that 256kbps leased line link, surely it would contribute to the slowness. Unfortunately, the telco router is not being monitored by the Telco and we're still asking for permission if we can add their device to our Solarwinds.
So the closest link I could look at is the 100mbps link from our switch going to the leased line router on our side.
When the traders are experiencing 3ms to 5ms latency in trading, it shows this:
Transmit: 1500bps - 1900bps
Receive: 2000bps - 2400bps
Bytes Transferred per Minute: 44KB-60KB
Wireshark Reports no problem at this time
Special note though on every 9:34 - 9:37 because they experience 10ms - 15ms latency in trading:
Transmit: 1900bps - 2400bps
Receive: 2400bps - 3200bps
Bytes Transferred per Minute: 90KB - 170KB
Wireshark Reports that I'm getting TCP Zero Window(trade server sending the zero window alert to the to stock exchange server) errors but it only lasts for a few milliseconds and only happens at twice or thrice a day.
And there was even one incident when our traders where experiencing crazy latencies of 1min - 3mins delay in trading!:
Wireshark Reports that we were getting TCP Zero Window(trade server sending the zero window alert to the to stock exchange server) errors for the whole trading period of that day. This only happened once and until now, I'm still not available to resolve this issue
The Trading Server team reports that their CPU, Memory and NIC utilization is normal and of course, everyone is blaming the network guys.
So here are my questions:
0.) Is there something with the way i troubleshoot this problem?? I figured I should write this as question no. 0, haha.
1.) When TCP Zero Window happens, what things and devices should I check? Because server team reports that the Memory and NIC utilization of their trading server is normal.
2.) Is there a way to graph in wireshark the transmit/receive bps an bytes received? What I currently do is to go to Statistics -> Conversation -> IPV4 -> Check the "Limit Display to this Filter" and the filter I'm using is ip.addr eq X.X.X.X and ip.addr eq Y.Y.Y.Y and (frame.time ge "DATE HH:MM:SS.000000000" and frame.time le "DATE HH:MM:SS.999999999") and go look at the bps and bytes received
3.) Are there other things I could look at or check(network devices, etc.)?
Thanks a lot for all your help guys! :)