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SubjectRe: gigabit ethernet small-packet performance
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>>>>> "Robert" == Robert Morris <rtm@amsterdam.lcs.mit.edu> writes:

Robert> The short version is that the Intel Pro/1000 seems to be a lot
Robert> faster than the Alteon Tigon-II or the SysKonnect card for
Robert> small (60-byte) packets. The Intel card can send or receive at
Robert> least 500,000 60-byte packets per second (about 1/3 of a
Robert> gigabit/second). On the other hand, the Intel Linux driver
Robert> requires a lot of hacking to achieve that rate; with the
Robert> unmodified driver the board is about half that fast.

I can't comment on the SysKonnect hardware/driver. However as far as
the Alteon card is concerned I know there are issues with latency just
as it has a relatively high overhead for processing DMA descriptors
(as much as 5 micro seconds). The latter is definately going to hurt
you if your part of the pissing contest is about 60 byte packets. For
real data it is not as much of a problem.

Jes
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