How fast is SOCKIT?

I am building a piece of test equipment that communicates with a Keithley 2602A and I am using SOCKIT for the protocol.

Keithley provides an Eclipse based script builder(TSP - Test Script Builder) to program the unit and for some testing.

I have built the test script and executed in both Eclipse and Igor. The basic sweeps take about 10 sec, but it seems that in Igor getting the data out of the unit takes about 5 sec versus instantaneous in Eclipse.

In Eclipse the code to return the data is:
printbuffer(1, smua.nvbuffer.n,smua.nvbuffer1) ( which means print the buffer from point 1 to the last point (.n) of non-volatile buffer 1.)

which prints to Elcipse's version of the command window.

In Igor I do
SOCKITsendrecv socknum, "printbuffer(1, smua.nvbuffer.n,smua.nvbuffer1)", output
where output is a string that I parse into 4 waves. The total amount of data in the string is about 8500 characters.

Both environments are communicating via TCP/IP to the same IP address over the same network. I also did a bit of testing with Telnet and it also seems to be very fast. Any clues as to what I should look at? I am using Igor Pro 6.20 on a Windows box running XP.
I wrote SOCKIT, so I'm probably the best placed to answer your question. SOCKIT was built as a generalised TCP communication plugin, so it tries to be everything for everyone and may need to tuning to get what you need.

Using sockitsendnrecv is a good first approach. However, when you use this option, you need to be aware of the /TIME flag.
/TIME=timeout the send will wait for a maximum of timeout seconds before timing out. To ensure that all data is received in a single call to the operation the XOP waits for a maximum of timeout seconds for successive reads from the socket. This means that although the first and subsequent reads may happen quickly, when the last data has been received there is a delay of timeout seconds before the XOP returns. The XOP will therefore take a minimum of timeout seconds. If you do not want this to happen, because the message is small, then use the /SMAL flag. If the /TIME flag is not specified then timeout defaults to 1 second.

Ok, so what you could do is use a small /TIME value, e.g. /TIME=0.1. If it's fast enough, then stop. However, there will probably be a faster way.
But the approach you take will depend on whether you know the maximum size of the message, or the structure of the message. How do you know when the message has finished? When you use telnet it doesn't matter, it just stops printing then waits around. If you used sockitsendmsg, with the output being printed to the history area I'm willing to bet the output would be presented just as fast.

I would use the following:
Start the socket using the /NOID flag in SOCKITopenconnection. This means that you are responsible for emptying the incoming buffer with the SOCKITpeek function.

string theMsg = ""
theMsg += sockitpeek(sockID)
//what's your stopping criteria, is there a special byte sequence?
//here we stop when the message gets larger than 8500 characters.
while(strlen(theMsg) < 8500)

This will be a lot faster.
There will be other ways, but I would need to know more information regarding the incoming message.
BTW, you can use SOCKITstringtowave to directly convert the numbers in to a wave, but the data would have to be binary representations of floats/doubles, etc, not ascii. I'm willing to bet that that's even faster.