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SubjectRe: Network performance degradation from to
Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Sat, 17 Jun 2006 16:23:34 -0700
> Harry Edmon <> wrote:
>> Andrew Morton wrote:
>>> On Fri, 16 Jun 2006 09:01:23 -0700
>>> Harry Edmon <> wrote:
>>>> I have a system with a strange network performance degradation from
>>>> to most recent kernels including and 2.6.17-rc6.
>>>> The system is has Dual single core Xeons with hyperthreading on. The
>>>> application is the LDM system from UCAR/Unidata
>>>> ( This system requests
>>>> weather data from a variety of systems using RPC calls over a reserved
>>>> TCP port (388), puts them into a memory mapped queue file, and then
>>>> sends the data out to a variety of downstream requesting systems, again
>>>> using RPC calls. When the load is heavy, the kernel falls way
>>>> behind with the data ingestion. The kernel does not. I have
>>>> tried an experiment with a 2.6.17-rc6 system where it just does the
>>>> ingestion, and not the downstream distribution, and it is able to keep
>>>> up. I would really appreciate any pointers as to where the problem may
>>>> be and how to diagnose it. I have attached the config files from both
>>>> kernels and the sysctl.conf file I am using. I have also included the
>>>> output from "netstat -s" on the system during a time when it
>>>> was having problems.
>>> (added netdev)
>>> A quick grep indicates that it isn't using TCP_NODELAY - we've had problems
>>> with that in the past.
>>> Perhaps a tcpdump of the net traffic will help to determine what's going on.
> [ edit, edit - please don't top-post ]
>> I assume you are talking about using TCP_NODELAY as a socket option within the
>> LDM software. I could give that a try.
> The use of TCP_NODELAY caused problems with the JVM debugger. I'm not
> suggesting that enabling it will fix anything here.
>> There is a lot of traffic on this node, on the order of 2000 packets in and out
>> per second, so the tcpdump output will grow pretty fast. How long a tcpdump
>> would be useful, and what options would you suggest?
> I don't know, frankly - first one needs to develop some sort of theory,
> then use the diagnostic tools to prove or disprove that theory. And I
> don't have a theory.
> I guess a simple one-second bare `tcpdump -i eth0' would be a starting
> point. Perhaps compare the output of that with the output from a
> correctly-operating kernel, see if anything suggests itself. That might
> also give us something which the networking developers can use.
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Does this fix it?
# sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_abc=0

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