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SubjectRe: 2.6.12 Performance problems
Danial Thom wrote:

> I think the concensus is that 2.6 has made trade
> offs that lower raw throughput, which is what a
> networking device needs. So as a router or
> network appliance, 2.6 seems less suitable. A raw
> bridging test on a 2.0Ghz operton system:
> FreeBSD 4.9: Drops no packets at 900K pps
> Linux 2.4.24: Starts dropping packets at 350K pps
> Linux 2.6.12: Starts dropping packets at 100K pps

I ran some quick tests using kernel 2.6.11, 1ms tick (HZ=1000), SMP kernel.
Hardware is P-IV 3.0Ghz + HT on a new SuperMicro motherboard with 64/133Mhz
PCI-X bus. NIC is dual Intel pro/1000. Kernel is close to stock 2.6.11.

I used brctl to create a bridge with the two GigE adapters in it and
used pktgen to stream traffic through it (250kpps in one direction, 1kpps in
the other.)

I see a reasonable amount of drops at 250kpps (60 byte packets):
about 60,000,000 packets received, 20,700 dropped.

Interestingly, the system is about 60% idle according to top,
and still dropping pkts, so it would seem that the system could
be better utilized!


Ben Greear <>
Candela Technologies Inc

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