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SubjectRe: 2.2.18Pre Lan Performance Rocks!

On Mon, 30 Oct 2000, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:

> For example, if you put a MOV EAX, CR3; MOV CR3, EAX; in a context
> switching path, on a PPro 200, you can do about 35,000 context
> switches/second

in 2.4 & Xeons we can do more than 100,000 context switches/second, and
that is more than enough. But the point is: network IO performance does
not depend on context switching speed too much. Also, in Linux we are
using global pages which makes kernel-space TLBs persistent even across
CR3 flushes.

> [...] There's also the use of segment registers all over the place to
> copy from kernel to user and user to kernel space memory. [...]

we do not use the fs segment register for user-space copies anymore,
neither in 2.2, nor in 2.4. You must be reading old books and probably
forgot to cross-check with the kernel source? :-)

> [...] Having the fast paths you mention does help a lot, but it's the
> fact that this goes on at all that will make it tough to walk into a
> NetWare shop with Linux and rip out NetWare servers and replace them
> unless we look at a NetWare vs. NetLinux (that's what we call it! a
> NetWare-like Linux platform).

the worst thing you can do is to mis-identify performance problems and
spend braincells on the wrong problem. The problems limiting Linux network
scalability have been identified during the last 12 months by a small
team, and solved in TUX. TUX is a fileserver, it shouldnt be alot of work
to enable it for (TCP-only?) netware serving. It's *done*, Jeff, it's not
a hypotetical thing, it's here, it works and it performs.

Ingo

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