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SubjectRe: Early SPECWeb99 results on 2.5.33 with TSO on e1000
> Stupid question, are you sure you have CONFIG_E1000_NAPI enabled?
>
> NAPI is also not the panacea to all problems in the world.

No, but I didn't expect throughput to drop by 40% or so either,
which is (very roughly) what happened. Interrupts are a pain to
manage and do affinity with, so NAPI should (at least in theory)
be better for this kind of setup ... I think.

> I bet your greatest gain would be obtained from going to Tux
> and using appropriate IRQ affinity settings and making sure
> Tux threads bind to same cpu as device where they accept
> connections.
>
> It is standard method to obtain peak specweb performance.

Ah, but that's not really our goal - what we're trying to do is
use specweb as a tool to simulate a semi-realistic customer
workload, and improve the Linux kernel performance, using that
as our yardstick for measuring ourselves. For that I like the
setup we have reasonably well, even though it won't get us the
best numbers.

To get the best benchmark numbers, you're absolutely right though.

M.

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