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SubjectRe: 2.6.12 Performance problems
Danial Thom wrote:
> --- Ben Greear <> wrote:
>>Danial Thom wrote:
>>>I think the concensus is that 2.6 has made
>>>offs that lower raw throughput, which is what
>>>networking device needs. So as a router or
>>>network appliance, 2.6 seems less suitable. A
>>>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
>>>Linux 2.6.12: Starts dropping packets at 100K
>>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.

> What GigE adapters did you use? Clearly every
> driver is going to be different. My experience is
> that a 3.4Ghz P4 is about the performance of a
> 2.0Ghz Opteron. I have to try your tuning script
> tomorrow.

Intel pro/1000, as I mentioned. I haven't tried any other
NIC that comes close in performance to the e1000.

> If your test is still set up, try compiling
> something large while doing the test. The drops
> go through the roof in my tests.

Installing RH9 on the box now to try some tests...

Disk access always robs networking, in my experience, so
I am not supprised you see bad ntwk performance while


Ben Greear <>
Candela Technologies Inc

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