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SubjectRe: 2.6.19-rc1: Volanomark slowdown
On Wed, 8 Nov 2006 23:10:28 +0100
Olaf Kirch <> wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 08, 2006 at 10:38:52AM -0800, Tim Chen wrote:
> > The patch in question affects purely TCP and not the scheduler. I don't
> I know.
> > think the scheduler has anything to do with the slowdown seen after
> > the patch is applied.
> In fixing performance issues, the most obvious explanation isn't always
> the right one. It's quite possible you're right, sure.
> What I'm saying though is that it doesn't rhyme with what I've seen of
> Volanomark - we ran 2.6.16 on a 4p Intel box for instance and it didn't
> come close to saturating a Gigabit pipe before it maxed out on CPU load.
> > The total number of messages being exchanged around the chatrooms in
> > Volanomark remain unchanged. But ACKS increase by 3.5 times and
> > segments received increase by 38% from netstat.
> > So I think it is reasonable to conclude that the increase in TCP traffic
> > reduce the bandwidth and throughput in Volanomark.
> You could count the number of outbound packets dropped on the server.
> Olaf

Also under benchmark stress, the load can get so high that timers go
off that normally don't. For example, I have seen delayed ack timer
cause extra ack's when at lower loads the response happened quick enough
that the ACK was piggybacked.

Stephen Hemminger <>
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