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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] tcp: splice as many packets as possible at once
On Tue, Feb 03, 2009 at 11:18:08PM +1100, Herbert Xu ( wrote:
> > It is a solution, but I think it will behave noticebly worse than
> > with decresed MTU.
> Not necessarily. Remember GSO/GRO in essence are just hacks to
> get around the fact that we can't increase the MTU to where we
> want it to be. MTU reduces the cost over the entire path while
> GRO/GSO only do so for the sender and the receiver.
> In other words when given the choice between a larger MTU with
> copying or GRO, the larger MTU will probably win anyway as it's
> optimising the entire path rather than just the receiver.

Well, we both do not have the data and very likely will not change the
opinions :)
But we can proceed the discussion in case something interesting will
appear. For example I can hack up e1000e driver to do a dumb copy of 9k
each time it has received a jumbo frame and compare it with usual 1.5k
MTU performance. But getting that modern CPUs are loafing with noticebly
big IO chunks, this may only show that CPU was increased with the copy.
But still may work.

> > That's the main point: how to deal with broken hardware? I think (but
> > have no strong numbers though) that having 6 packets with 1500 MTU
> > combined into GRO/LRO frame will be processed way faster than copying 9k
> > MTU into 3 pages and process single skb.
> Please note that with my scheme, you'd only start copying if you
> can't allocate a linear skb. So if memory fragmentation doesn't
> happen then there is no copying at all.

Yes, absolutely.

Evgeniy Polyakov

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