Re: big picture UDP/IP performance question re 2.6.18 -> 2.6.32

From: starlight
Date: Mon Oct 03 2011 - 12:42:40 EST

At 06:16 PM 10/3/2011 +0200, Eric Dumazet wrote:
>> >Please send full "dmesg" output
>> Attached.
>Minor note :
>It seems you use 4096 2MB hugepages, and your
>machine has 1GB pages availabe, you could
>try to use them.
>(boot cmd : hugepagesz=1GB hugepages=8 )

Interesting. I'll give it a try for sure, but
since hugepages only gives a 5% improvement
taking the page size up probably will not
dent it by more than an additional percent
or so.

BTW I goofed on the kernel version number in my
last post. It should be That .27 was
my mind transposing the 2.6.32 sub-version
onto 2.6.39.

Have one closing thought, which is to wonder if the

9.98% swapper [kernel.kallsyms] [k] native_safe_halt

CPU is included in the 2.6.18(rhel) CPU accounting
or not. If it's excluded that would make
look much better--possibly put it at near parity
though I'm too lazy to do the math just now.

My guess is that this number is something of an
artifact of the clock-tick CPU histogram logic.
Perhaps it's seeing the IP register parked in the
idle-loop HALT instruction some of the time and
counting it as non-idle time. I'd be happier if
it either counted all idle time and showed the
45% that the poll=idle run shows, or none of
the idle time at all--if it is in fact idle time.

Unfortunately 'perf' is not available for
2.6.18(rhel) so the value cannot be compared.

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