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Date:	Fri, 20 Jan 2012 07:16:30 +0100
From:	Eric Dumazet <>
To:	Bradley Peterson <>
Subject: Re: Single core gets pegged on multi-core PPTP server

Le jeudi 19 janvier 2012 à 16:35 -0600, Bradley Peterson a écrit :
> Hello,
> I am trying to test the capacity of a linux PPTP server, both in
> number of connections, and in packets per second.  I am using kernel
>, with the ppp, pptp, and gre modules, and accel-pptp 0.8.3.
> I have RPS, RFS, and XPS enabled on the network devices for SMP
> support.
> But I'm seeing one CPU get pegged out with soft interrupt, while the
> others are almost completely idle.
> In my current test, I'm starting 250 pptp connections from another
> server, then running iperf across each connection.  The client machine
> pegs out, sure, but I'm surprised the server pegs out a single CPU.
> With RPS, I would expect softirq's to be more balanced.
> Where could the bottleneck be?  Do all ppp packets need to be
> processed serially?

Hmmm, you need a more recent kernel or backport commit 
    rps: Inspect GRE encapsulated packets to get flow hash
    Crack open GRE packets in __skb_get_rxhash to compute 4-tuple hash on
    in encapsulated packet.  Note that this is used only when the
    __skb_get_rxhash is taken, in particular only when the device does
    not compute provide the rxhash (ie. feature is disabled).
    This was tested by creating a single GRE tunnel between two 16 core
    AMD machines.  200 netperf TCP_RR streams were ran with 1 byte
    request and response size.
    Without patch: 157497 tps, 50/90/99% latencies 1250/1292/1364 usecs
    With patch: 325896 tps, 50/90/99% latencies 603/848/1169
    Signed-off-by: Tom Herbert <>
    Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>

And make sure you disabled hardware rxhash (if your NIC provides it)

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