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SubjectRe: Longstanding networking / SMP issue? (duplextest)
   From: Andi Kleen <>
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 10:34:22 +0100

On Thu, Feb 20, 2003 at 01:20:43AM -0800, Simon Kirby wrote:
> Hmm...and this is considered desired behavior? It seems like an odd way
> of handling packets intended to test latency and reliability. :)

IP is best-effort. Dropping packets in odd cases to make locking simpler
is not unreasonable. Would you prefer an slower kernel?


But this is a quality of implementation issue and I doubt the kernel
would be slower if we fixed this silly behavior.

Frankly, the locking is due to lazyness, rather than a specific design
decision. So let's fix it.
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