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SubjectRe: NAPI and tg3
On Tue, 7 Jan 2003, Robert Olsson wrote:

>
> Steffen Persvold writes:
>
> > True, but it doesn't say that if you have two applications loaded on
> > a SMP box, one which is for example constantly receiving and sending data
> > from/to the network and doing computations on the data (100 % CPU) while
> > some other app is only doing computations (also 100 % CPU), the ksoftirqd
> > which should receive packets and refill the TX and RX rings will be put
> > last in the queue because of its low nice level (19), thus the network
> > dependent application has very much lower performance than what could be
> > achieved with a nice level of 0 or even running the interrupt based
> > mechanism. A nice level of 0 on ksoftirqd is still a heck of a lot better
> > than interrupt context isn't it ?
>
>
> Yes my scripts test/production has even been setting -19 to ksoftirq just
> for that reason so I almost forgot this issue so I'm happy you brought
> this up. But dev->poll is not the only user of ksoftirq but for heavy
> networking it's gets pretty dominant. So we add something to NAPI_HOWTO
> and pass the question about ksoftirq default priority to others.
>
> >From a GIGE router in production.
>
> USER PID %CPU %MEM SIZE RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
> root 3 0.2 0.0 0 0 ? RWN Aug 15 602:00 (ksoftirqd_CPU0)
> root 232 0.0 7.9 41400 40884 ? S Aug 15 74:12 gated
>

I'm happy that atleast someone can agree on something these days, looking
at the latest discussions regarding binary only drivers and GPL could make
one think that all that kernel developers do is to argue about who is
right (allright, most of the quarrelsome people arent't really kernel
developers) ;) So, who takes the decission regarding the ksoftirqd and
when ?


Best regards,
--
Steffen Persvold | Scali AS
mailto:sp@scali.com | http://www.scali.com
Tel: (+47) 2262 8950 | Olaf Helsets vei 6
Fax: (+47) 2262 8951 | N0621 Oslo, NORWAY

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