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SubjectRe: [announce] [patch] limiting IRQ load, irq-rewrite-2.4.11-B5
jamal wrote:
> On Wed, 3 Oct 2001, Simon Kirby wrote:
> > On Wed, Oct 03, 2001 at 09:33:12AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> >
> > Actually, the way I first started looking at this problem is the result
> > of a few attacks that have happened on our network. It's not just a
> > while(1) sendto(); UDP spamming program that triggers it -- TCP SYN
> > floods show the problem as well, and _there is no way_ to protect against
> > this without using syncookies or some similar method that can only be
> > done on the receiving TCP stack only.
> >
> > At one point, one of our webservers received 30-40Mbit/sec of SYN packets
> > sustained for almost 24 hours. Needless to say, the machine was not
> > happy.
> >
> I think you can save yourself a lot of pain today by going to a "better
> driver"/hardware. Switch to a tulip based board; in particular one which
> is based on the 21143 chipset. Compile in hardware traffic control and
> save yourself some pain.

The tulip driver only started working for my DLINK 4-port NIC
after about 2.4.8, and last I checked the ZYNX 4-port still refuses
to work, so I wouldn't consider it a paradigm of
stability and grace quite yet. Regardless of that, it is often
impossible to trade NICS (think built-in 1U servers), and claiming
to only work correctly on certain hardware (and potentially lock up
hard on other hardware) is a pretty sorry state of affairs...


Ben Greear <> <Ben_Greear AT>
President of Candela Technologies Inc
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