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SubjectRe: intermittant petabyte usage reported with broadcom nic
On Mon, 2 Apr 2007 11:43:19 +1000 CaT <> wrote:

> I take minute by minute snapshots of network traffic by sampling
> /proc/net/dev and most of the time everything works fine. Occasionally
> though I get petabyte byte traffic and corresponding packet traffic.

How frequently?

Are you able to provide some actual numbers (expected and actual values),
so we can look at the bit patterns?

> This happens on an AMD64, dual core smp box with Broadcom NetXtreme II
> nics.

What driver drivers that? b44.c?

> The issue happens with both nics but at different times. The same
> sampling code runs on p4 boxes with ht on and e1000 nics without issues
> so I don't believe it's an issue with my code (famous last words :)
> which just does an re to extract the data on a per-line basis and prints
> it out. Still, I'll be adding code to log any big readings and hopefully
> it'll happen again sooner rather then later.
> There is no preemption involved and the kernel is a monolythic build of
> 2.6.19.[12] (there are two servers).

We do perform racy 64-bit updates of some of the stats counters. But
that'll only affect 32-bit kernels and I'm assuming you're running a 64-bit
kernel on that AMD64 box (are you?)

Plus it's odd that both the byte-counters and the packet-counters go wonky
at the same time.

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