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SubjectRe: questions on NAPI processing latency and dropped network packets
Chris Friesen a écrit :
> Ray Lee wrote:
>> On Jan 10, 2008 9:24 AM, Chris Friesen <> wrote:
>>> After a recent userspace app change, we've started seeing packets being
>>> dropped by the ethernet hardware (e1000, NAPI is enabled). The
>>> error/dropped/fifo counts are going up in ethtool:
>> Can you reproduce it with a simple userspace cpu hog? (Two, really,
>> one per cpu.)
>> Can you reproduce it with the newer e1000?
> Hmm...good questions and I haven't checked either. The first one is
> relatively straightforward. The second is a bit trickier...last time
> I tried the latest e1000 driver the card wouldn't boot (we use netboot).
>> Can you reproduce it with git head?
> Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be able to try this. We require
> kernel mods for our userspace to run, and I doubt I'd be able to get
> the time to port all the changes forward to git head.
>> If the answer to the first one is yes, the last no, then bisect until
>> you get a kernel that doesn't show the problem. Backport the fix,
>> unless the fix happens to be CFS. However, I suspect that your
>> userpace app is just starving the system from time to time.
> It's conceivable that userspace is starving the kernel, but we have do
> about 45% idle on one cpu, and 7-10% idle on the other.
> We also have an odd situation where on an initial test run after
> bootup we have 18-24% idle on cpu1, but resetting the test tool drops
> that to the 7-10% I mentioned above.
> Based on profiling and instrumentation it seems like the cost of
> sctp_endpoint_lookup_assoc() more than triples, which means that the
> amount of time that bottom halves are disabled in that function also
> triples.
Any idea of the size of sctp hash size you have ?
(your dmesg probably includes a message starting with SCTP: Hash tables

How many concurrent sctp sockets are handled ?

Maybe sctp_assoc_hashfn() is too weak for your use, and some chains are
*really* long.

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