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SubjectRe: Question about tcp hash function tcp_hashfn()
From: "Brian F. G. Bidulock" <>
Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 02:49:54 -0600

> This would be faster than a Jenkins hash approach because it
> would not be necessary to calculate the hash function at all for
> in-window segments. Per packet overheads would decrease and
> better small packet performance would be experienced (i.e. your
> http server). It has better hash coverage because MD4 and other
> cryptographic algorithms used for initial sequence number
> selection have far better properties than Jenkins.
> What do you think?

I don't know how practical this is. The 4GB sequence space
wraps very fast on 10 gigabit, so we'd be rehashing a bit
and 100 gigabit would make things worse whenever that shows

It is, however, definitely an interesting idea.

We also need the pure traditional hashes for net channels. I don't
see how we could use your scheme for net channels, because we are just
hashing in the interrupt handler of the network device driver in order
to get a queue to tack the packet onto, we're not interpreting the
sequence numbers and thus would not able to maintain the sequence
space based hashing state.

On a 3ghz cpu, the jenkins hash is essentially free. Even on slower
cpus, jhash_2words for example is just 20 cycles on a sparc64 chip.
It's ~40 integer instructions and they all pair up perfectly to
dual issue. We'd probably use jhash_3words() for TCP ipv4 which
would get us into the 30 cycle range.

A few years ago when I introduced jenkins into the tree, I thought
it's execution cost might be an issue. I really don't anymore.
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