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Date:	Mon, 11 Aug 2008 09:07:51 -0700
From:	Roland Dreier <rdreier@...co.com>
To:	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>
Cc:	jgarzik@...ox.com, swise@...ngridcomputing.com, divy@...lsio.com,
	kxie@...lsio.com, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
	open-iscsi@...glegroups.com, michaelc@...wisc.edu,
	daisyc@...ibm.com, wenxiong@...ibm.com, bhua@...ibm.com,
	dm@...lsio.com, leedom@...lsio.com, linux-scsi@...r.kernel.org,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [RFC][PATCH 1/1] cxgb3i: cxgb3 iSCSI initiator

 > Why show these special connections if the user cannot interact with or
 > shape the stream at all like normal ones?

So that an admin can see what connections are open, so that the stack
doesn't try to reuse the same 4-tuple for another connection, etc, etc.

 > And I even wonder, these days, if you probably get %90 or more of the
 > gain these "optimized" iSCSI connections obtain from things like LRO.

Yes, that's the question -- are stateless offloads (plus CRC32C in the
CPU etc) going to give good enough performance that the whole TCP
offload exercise is pointless?  The only issue is that I don't see how
to avoid the fundamental 3X increase in memory bandwidth that is chewed
up if the NIC can't do direct placement.

 - R.
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