Re: e1000 performance hack for ppc64 (Power4)

From: Anton Blanchard (
Date: Fri Jun 13 2003 - 17:38:41 EST

> Wouldn't you get most of the benefit from copying that stuff around in
> the driver if you allocated the skb->data aligned in the first place?

Nice try, but my understanding is that on the transmit path we reserve
the maximum sized TCP header, copy the data in then form our TCP header
backwards from that point. Since the TCP header size changes with
various options, its not an easy task.

One thing I thought of doing was to cache the current TCP header size
and align the next packet based on it, with an extra cacheline at the
start for it to spill into if the TCP header grew.

This is only worth it if most packets will have the same sized header.
Networking guys: is this a valid assumption?

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Sun Jun 15 2003 - 22:00:38 EST