Re: [PATCH 1/2]: powerpc/cell spidernet bottom half

From: Rick Jones
Date: Wed Aug 16 2006 - 19:06:22 EST

Linas Vepstas wrote:
On Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 11:24:46PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:

it only
seems to be hard to make it go fast using any of them.

Last round of measurements seemed linear for packet sizes between
60 and 600 bytes, suggesting that the hardware can handle a maximum of 120K descriptors/second, independent of packet size.
I don't know why this is.

DMA overhead perhaps? If it takes so many micro/nanoseconds to get a DMA going.... That used to be a reason the Tigon2 had such low PPS rates and issues with multiple buffer packets and a 1500 byte MTU - it had rather high DMA setup latency, and then if you put it into a system with highish DMA read/write latency... well that didn't make it any better :)

rick jones
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