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SubjectRe: [announce] [patch] limiting IRQ load, irq-rewrite-2.4.11-B5

On Wed, 3 Oct 2001, Ingo Molnar wrote:

Robert has a driver extension (part of Alexey's iputils) that cna
generate in the 140Kpps (for 100Mbps) and about 900Kpps for the e1000, but
i'll take a look at Simons stuff if it is available. Marc Boucher has
something that is an in-kernel client/server as well.

> is running vanilla 2.4.11-pre2 UP, a 466 MHz PII box with enough
> RAM, using eepro100. The system effectively locks up - even in the full
> knowledge of what is happening, i can hardly switch consoles, let alone do
> anything like ifconfig eth0 down to fix the lockup. Until this kind of
> load is present the only option is to power-cycle the box. SysRq does not
> work.

use the netif_rx() return code and hardware flowcontrol to fix it.

> and frankly, this has been well-known for a long time - it's just since
> Simon sent me this testcode that i realized how trivial it is. Alexey told
> me about Linux routers effectively locking up if put under 100 mbit IRQ
> load more than a year ago, when i first tried to fix softirq latencies. I
> think if you are doing networking patches then you should be aware of it
> as well.

I am fully aware of it. We have progessed extensively since then. Look at

> your refusal to accept this problem as an existing and real problem is
> really puzzling me.

I must have miscommunicated. I am not saying there is no problem otherwise
i wouldnt be working on this to begin with. I am just against your shotgun


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