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    SubjectRe: e1000 performance hack for ppc64 (Power4)
       From: "Herman Dierks" <>
    Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 09:40:41 -0500

    With TSO being the default, the small packet case
    becomes less important anyway.

    This is a very narrow and unrealistic view of the situation.

    Every third packet your system will process for any connection will be
    an ACK, a small packet. Most database and web and database
    transactions happen using small packets for the transaction request.

    Look, if you're gonna sit here and just rant justifying this bogus
    behavior of your hardware, it is likely to go in one ear and out the
    other. Nobody wants to hear excuses. :)

    The fact is, this system handles sub-cacheline reads inefficiently
    even if a sequences of transactions are consequetive and to the same
    cache line and no coherency transactions occur to that cache line.

    That is dumb, and there is no arguing around this. You would be
    sensible to realize this, and accept it whilst others try to help you
    find a solution for your problem.
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