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SubjectRe: Linux 2.4 Scalability, Samba, and Netbench

Andrew Theurer wrote:
> I do have kernprof ACG and lockmeter for a 4P run. We saw no
> significant problems with lockmeter. csum_partial_copy_generic was the
> highest % in profile, at 4.34%. I'll see if we can get some space on
> to post the test data.

The Netfinity system that you are using has two different supported GigE
adapters. I assume you are using one of these types - Netfinity Gigabit
Ethernet Adapter (19K4401) and the Netfinity Gigabit Ethernet SX Server
Adapter (06P3701); using the acenic.c and e1000.c drivers, respectively.
From what I understand after initial perusal of the two drivers, the former
has receive checksumming support on the adapter itself while the latter,
the one you are using, does not support hardware checksumming (at least, it
is not enabled by the driver).

Are you able to re-run your tests with GigE adapters that support
checksumming on the hardware instead of doing it in the kernel? If not, I
will be running similar tests in a very similar configuration (with the
19K4401 adapters) in the near future and can share results if you'd like.

Bruce Allan/Beaverton/IBM
IBM Linux Technology Center - OS Gold
503-578-4187 T/L 775-4187

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