e1000 performance issues and broken mtu setting

From: Chris Friesen
Date: Fri Mar 26 2004 - 14:25:32 EST

I've got a pair of dual G5s. For a second gigE link we added in some Intel 82540EM cards, using the e1000 driver in the 2.6.4 tree with NAPI enabled. lspci reports the bus as 66MHz. The cards were connected together with a crossover cable.

A basic UDP packet-blasting program in userspace using 64KB datagrams could only manage 47MB/s of data throughput, using 20% of a cpu.

For comparison, the same program managed 108.9 MB/s with 30% cpu when using the onboard gigE ports.

Also, I tried setting a larger mtu using "ip set link dev ethx mtu xxxxx". No matter what value I chose (even setting it to its default value, which should have had zero effect) it resulted in the link not being able to transfer data. Downing/upping the link didn't clear the issue, neither did unloading/reloading the driver module. It took a reboot to actually get it working again.

Any ideas what's going on?


Chris Friesen

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