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

Fwiw, the Alteon Tigon-II can send & receive 60-byte packets at line
rate if you assemble them on the card, but I've not tried pushing that
over the PCI bus. As Jes said, that's the slow part. Special firmware
to use fewer DMAs than packets (i.e. grouping small packets) might do
the trick. The firmware kit is open source; enjoy :-)

-- Jamie
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