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SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] Dolphin PCI-SCI RPM Drivers 1.1-4 released
On Tue, Jan 30, 2001 at 10:32:08AM -0700, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 30, 2001 at 10:19:58AM -0700, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
> > On Mon, Jan 29, 2001 at 09:41:21PM -0700, Todd wrote:

Also, The numbers were more provided as a comparison between 2.2.x
kernels and 2.4.X kernels with SCI. You will note from the numbers
that 2.2.X hits a wall relative to scaling, while 2.4.X Linux just
kept on scaling. I could have increased the packet size above
65536 bytes, and 2.4.X would have kept scaling until it hit the wall
relative to the bandwidth constraints in the box (these el-cheapo
AMD boxes don't have the best PCI implementations out there).

My testing leaves little doubt that 2.4.X is hot sh_t -- it will scale
very well with SCI, and is one more reason folks should move to it
as soon as possible.

:-)

Jeff

>
> Todd,
>
> I just got back some more numbers from Dolphin. The newer D330
> LC3 chipsets are running at 667 MB/S Link speed, and on a
> Serverworks HE system, we are seeing 240 MB/S throughput via
> the newer PCI-SCI adapters. I have some D330 adapters on
> the way here, and will repost newer numbers after the Alpha
> changes are rolled in and I repost the drivers again next
> week sometime.
>
> On 32 bit PCI, the average we are seeing going userpace -> userspace is
> 120-140 MB/S ranges in those systems that have a PCI bus with
> bridge chipsets that can support these data rates.
>
> That's 2 x G-Enet.
>
> :-)
>
> Jeff
>
> >
> > Todd,
> >
> > I ran the tests on a box that has a limit of 70MB/S PCI throughput.
> > There are GaAs (Gallium Arsenide) implementations of SCI that run
> > well into the Gigabyte Ranges, and I've seen some of this hardware.
> > The NUMA-Q chipsets in Sequents cluster boxes are actually SCI.
> > Sun Microsystems uses SCI as their clustering interconnect for their
> > Sparc servers. The adapters these drivers I posted support are a bi-CMOS
> > implementation of the SCI LC3 chipsets, and even though they are
> > bi-CMOS, the Link speed on the back end is still 500 MB/S --
> > very respectable.
> >
> > The PCI-SCI cards these drivers support in PCI systems have been clocked up
> > to 140 MB/S+ on those systems that have enough bandwidth to actually
> > push this much data. These boards can pump up to 500MB/S over the
> > SCI fabric, however, current PCI technology doesn't allow you to
> > push this much data. I also tested on the D320 chipsets, the newer
> > D330 chipsets on the PSB66 cards support the 66Mhz bus and have been
> > measured up to the Max PCI speeds.
> >
> > The PCI-SCI adapters run circles around G-Enet on systems that can
> > really pump this much data through the PCI bus. Also, the numbers I
> > posted are doing push/pull DMA transfers between user_space -> user_space
> > in another system with **NO COPYING**. Ethernet and LAN networking always
> > copies data into userspace -- SCI has the ability to dump it directly
> > into user space pages without copying. That's what is cool about SCI,
> > you can pump this data around with almost no processor utilization --
> > important on a cluster if you are doing computational stuff -- you need
> > every cycle you can squeeze, and don't want to waste them copying
> > data all over the place. Sure, G-Enet can pump 124 MB/S, but the
> > processor utilitzation will be high, and there will be lots of
> > copying going on in the system. What numbers does G-Enet provide
> > doing userspace -> userspace transfers, and at what processor
> > overhead? These are the types of things that are the metrics for
> > a good comparison. Also, G-Enet has bandwidth limitations, the
> > SCI standard does not, it's only limited by the laws of Physics
> > (which are being reached in the Dolphin Labs in Norway).
> >
> > The GaAs SCI technology I have seen has hop latencies in the SCI
> > switches @ 16 nano-seconds to route a packet, with xfer rates into
> > the Gigabytes per second -- very fast and low latency.
> >
> > These cards will use whatever PCI bandwidth is present in the host
> > system, up to 500 MB/S. As the PCI bus gets better, nice to know
> > SCI is something that will keep it's value, since 500 MB/S gives us
> > a lot of room to grow into.
> >
> > I could ask Dolphin for a GaAs version of the LC3 card (one board would
> > cost the equivalent to the income of a small third world nation), and
> > rerun the tests on a Sparc system or Sequent system, and watch G-Enet
> > system suck wind in comparison.
> >
> > :-)
> >
> > I posted the **ACCURATE** numbers from my test, but I did clarify that I
> > was using a system with a limp PCI bus.
> >
> > Jeff
> >
> >
> > > folx,
> > >
> > > i must be missing something here. i'm not aware of a PCI bus that only
> > > supports 70 MBps but i am probably ignorant. this is why i was confused
> > > by jeff's performance numbers. 33MHz 32-bit PCI busses should do around
> > > 120MB/s (just do the math 33*32/8 allowing for some overhead of PCI bus
> > > negotiation), much greater than the numbers jeff is reporting. 66 MHz
> > > 64bit busses should do on the order of 500MB/s.
> > >
> > > the performance numbers that jeff is reporting are not very impressive
> > > even for the slowest PCI bus. we're seeing 993 Mbps (124MB/s) using the
> > > alteon acenic gig-e cards on 32-bit cards on a 66MHz bus. i would expect
> > > to get somewhat slower on a 33MHz bus but not catastrophically so
> > > (certainly nothing as slow as 60MB/s or 480Mb/s).
> > >
> > > what am i misunderstanding here?
> > >
> > > todd
> > >
> > > On Mon, 29 Jan 2001, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
> > >
> > > > Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 16:49:53 -0700
> > > > From: Jeff V. Merkey <jmerkey@vger.timpanogas.org>
> > > > To: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> > > > Cc: jmerkey@timpanogas.org
> > > > Subject: Re: [ANNOUNCE] Dolphin PCI-SCI RPM Drivers 1.1-4 released
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Relative to some performance questions folks have asked, the SCI
> > > > adapters are limited by PCI bus speeds. If your system supports
> > > > 64-bit PCI you get much higher numbers. If you have a system
> > > > that supports 100+ Megabyte/second PCI throughput, the SCI
> > > > adapters will exploit it.
> > > >
> > > > This test was performed in on a 32-bit PCI system with a PCI bus
> > > > architecture that's limited to 70 MB/S.
> > > >
> > > > Jeff
> > > >
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