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Date:	Thu, 3 Feb 2011 18:20:42 +0200
From:	"Michael S. Tsirkin" <>
To:	Shirley Ma <>
Cc:	Krishna Kumar2 <>,
	David Miller <>,,,,, Sridhar Samudrala <>,
	Steve Dobbelstein <>
Subject: Re: Network performance with small packets

On Thu, Feb 03, 2011 at 07:58:00AM -0800, Shirley Ma wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-02-03 at 08:13 +0200, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > > Initial TCP_STREAM performance results I got for guest to local
> > host 
> > > 4.2Gb/s for 1K message size, (vs. 2.5Gb/s)
> > > 6.2Gb/s for 2K message size, and (vs. 3.8Gb/s)
> > > 9.8Gb/s for 4K message size. (vs.5.xGb/s)
> > 
> > What is the average packet size, # bytes per ack, and the # of
> > interrupts
> > per packet? It could be that just slowing down trahsmission
> > makes GSO work better. 
> There is no TX interrupts with dropping packet.
> GSO/TSO is the key for small message performance, w/o GSO/TSO, the
> performance is limited to about 2Gb/s no matter how big the message size
> it is. I think any work we try here will increase large packet size
> rate. BTW for dropping packet, TCP increased fast retrans, not slow
> start. 
> I will collect tcpdump, netstart before and after data to compare packet
> size/rate w/o w/i the patch.
> Thanks
> Shirley

Just a thought: does it help to make tx queue len of the
virtio device smaller?
E.g. match the vq size?

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