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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Re: Bad network performance over 2Gbps
On Mon, 21 Apr 2008, Rick Jones wrote:
> Bodo Eggert wrote:
> > Kok, Auke <auke-jan.h.kok@intel.com> wrote:

> > > [X86] IRQBALANCE: Mark as BROKEN and disable by default
> > >
> > > The IRQBALANCE option causes interrupts to bounce all around on SMP
> > > systems
> > > quickly burying the CPU in migration cost and cache misses. Mainly
> > > affected
> > > are network interrupts and this results in one CPU pegged in softirqd
> > > completely.
> >
> >
> > If this is the problem, maybe it would help to only balance the IRQs each
> > e.g. ten seconds? Unfortunately I have no SMP system to try it out.
>
> Be it kernel or user space, for consistent benchmark results it needs to be
> able to be turned-off without turning the code. That leaves me in agreement
> with Stephen that if it must exist, the user space one would be preferable.
> It can be easily terminated with extreme prejudice.

I agree that having a full-featured userspace balancer daemon with lots of
intelligence will be theoretically better, but if you can have a simple
daemon doing OK on many machines for less than the userspace daemon's
kernel stack, why not?
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