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Date:	Tue, 11 May 2010 08:55:03 -0700
From:	Ben Greear <>
To:	Ben Hutchings <>
CC:	Jon Zhou <>,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: get beyond 1Gbps with pktgen  on 10Gb nic?

On 05/11/2010 06:35 AM, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-05-11 at 06:13 -0700, Jon Zhou wrote:
>> hi there:
>> anyone can get beyond 1Gbps with pktgen or other SW traffic generator with 10Gb nic(intel 82599 or BCM 57711)?
>> found that some one had met similar situation with broadcom 10G nic but no solution yet
> I don't know about those specific controllers, but you should be able to
> achieve close to 10G line rate with netperf's TCP_STREAM on any recent
> PC server.  UDP throughput tends to be poorer as there is less support
> for offloading segmentation and reassembly.  Performance may also be
> constrained by PCI Express bandwidth (you need a real 8-lane slot) and
> memory bandwidth (a single memory bank may not be enough).

We can easily push right at 10Gbps full-duplex on two ports (sending to self)
with a 2-port 82599 NIC, 3.3Ghz quad-core Intel core i7 6GT/s processor, etc.

In fact, recent testing with a 2-port 10G NIC and a bunch of intel 1G ports showed about
50Gbps aggregate bandwidth across the network on such a system.   (We were using 9000 MTU
for the 50Gbps test, but can reach 10G send-to-self with 1500 MTU on the 10G ports by themselves.)

This is all using a slightly modified pktgen, but normal pktgen should do just fine.


> Ben.

Ben Greear <>
Candela Technologies Inc
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