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SubjectSwitching packets from netif_rx()

Hi

I am implementing a soft switch that can switch packets received on an
interface over certain outgoing interfaces.

The setup is -

+-----------+ +------------+ +------+
| Streamer |-----------| Switch |----------| Host |
+-----------+ +------------+ +------+
The switching functionality is implemented in function netif_rx(). Based
on the list of outgoing interfaces, I am doing the following things.

* Cloning the packets.
* Obtaining outgoing device from outgoing interface index.
* Calling dev_queue_xmit() to send the packet on outgoing device.


I am having the following is PROBLEM with this:
~~~~~~~
When streamer sends a continuous flow of packets to switch, the switch is
able to send upto 3500 (approx. - this varies each time) to the host and
afterwards, the switch is hanging.
I tried sending bunches of 100 packets each with 1 second time gap between
bunches, the switch is functioning without interruptions.

- Is there any problem in the way I am implementing the switch? The
"bridge" code seems to be doing the same things.
- Or, is there is some limit on the incoming flow rate the kernel will be
able to handle?

I would be very grateful if someone can help me with this.

Regards
Madhavi.

Madhavi Suram
Software Engineer
Customer Delivery / Networks
Sasken Communication Technologies Limited
139/25, Ring Road, Domlur
Bangalore - 560071 India
Email: madhavis@sasken.com
Tel: + 91 80 5355501 Extn: 8062
Fax: + 91 80 5351133
URL: www.sasken.com

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