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From: Paul Gortmaker <>
To: Alan Cox <>
Cc: Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
	Jeff Garzik <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] 2.6.9 Use skb_padto() in drivers/net/8390.c
Date: Sun, 09 Jan 2005 21:41:44 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <1105197689.10505.22.camel@localhost.localdomain>

Alan Cox wrote:

>On Sad, 2005-01-08 at 08:33, Paul Gortmaker wrote:
>>Is it possible that skb_padto has since got its act together?   Reason I
>>ask is that I just dusted off a crusty 386dx40 (doesn't get much older
>Could be - kmalloc has probably improved but the skbuffs have got far
>more complex
>>than that) with a wd8013.  As a basic test, I did ttcp Tx tests with small
>>packets and they came out to all intents and purposes, identical.   Kernel 
>>was 2.6.10, with stack vs skb_padto, each size test ran 3 times, even tested
>>packets bigger than ETH_ZLEN as a (hopefully) invariant.  I've attached the
>>edited down results below.
>What are you testing ? I don't see the relationship between network
>throughput and efficiency on this device.

I was thinking that for a sufficiently slow CPU running at 100% (hence the
lowly 386),  the throughput would be influenced by how efficiently we can
get in, get the Tx set up and get out.

>Drop it on a pentium or late 486 and use the tsc to compare the two code
>paths. One is much much more efficienct.

Using rdtscl over the  area affected by the patch on the two variants for a
sample  of 234 small packets, I see an average of 4141 for using the
existing stack scratch area, and 4162 for using skb_padto.   That is a
difference of about 0.5%, which is significantly less than the typical
spread in the samples themselves.  To help give a relevant scale,  feeding
it a larger 1400 byte packet comes in at around 60,000 cycles on this
particular box.   Am I being optimistic to see this as good news -- meaning
that there is no longer a need for driver specific padto implementations,
whereas it looks like there was back when you did your tests? 


  reply	other threads:[~2005-01-10  2:50 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <>
2005-01-08  8:33 ` [PATCH] 2.6.9 Use skb_padto() in drivers/net/8390.c] Paul Gortmaker
2005-01-08 15:45   ` Alan Cox
2005-01-10  2:41     ` Paul Gortmaker [this message]
2005-01-10 18:28       ` [PATCH] 2.6.9 Use skb_padto() in drivers/net/8390.c Alan Cox
2005-02-19  5:20         ` Jeff Garzik
2005-02-19 14:06           ` Alan Cox
     [not found] <>
2005-01-07 15:46 ` Alan Cox

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