Actually, if you are on Linux, this is not true. You can set the speed; it's just very painful, and you can't do it in perl (except via system
calls). You can use tc
to create a rate-shaping class on the interface you are writing to, along with a filter to force the packets of your socket into that class (if your destination has a fixed addr/port it is not that hard). Look here
for an overview of how tc
works. That said, I agree with Eliya
that more definition of why this constraint is necessary to decide if this pain is worth it.