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Date:	Mon, 01 Oct 2007 16:44:50 -0400
From:	John Heffner <jheffner@....edu>
To:	Chris Friesen <cfriesen@...tel.com>
CC:	linux@...konnect.de, netdev@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: sk98lin, jumbo frames, and memory fragmentation

Yes it has this problem.  I've observed it in practice on a busy firewall.

   -John


Chris Friesen wrote:
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> We're considering some hardware that uses the sk98lin network hardware, 
> and we'll be using jumbo frames.  Looking at the driver, when using a 
> 9KB MTU it seems like it would end up trying to atomically allocate a 
> 16KB buffer.
> 
> Has anyone heard of this been a problem?  It would seem like trying to 
> atomically allocate four physically contiguous pages could become tricky 
> after the system has been running for a while.
> 
> The reason I ask is that we ran into this with the e1000.  Before they 
> added the new jumbo frame code it was trying to atomically allocate 32KB 
> buffers and we would start getting allocation failures after a month or 
> so of uptime.
> 
> Any information anyone can provide would be appreciated.
> 
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Chris
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