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Date:	Wed, 21 May 2014 15:51:00 -0400 (EDT)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] net-tun: restructure tun_do_read for better
 sleep/wakeup efficiency

From: Xi Wang <>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 15:11:48 -0700

> tun_do_read always adds current thread to wait queue, even if a packet
> is ready to read. This is inefficient because both sleeper and waker
> want to acquire the wait queue spin lock when packet rate is high.
> We restructure the read function and use common kernel networking
> routines to handle receive, sleep and wakeup. With the change
> available packets are checked first before the reading thread is added
> to the wait queue.
> Ran performance tests with the following configuration:
>  - my packet generator -> tap1 -> br0 -> tap0 -> my packet consumer
>  - sender pinned to one core and receiver pinned to another core
>  - sender send small UDP packets (64 bytes total) as fast as it can
>  - sandy bridge cores
>  - throughput are receiver side goodput numbers
> The results are
> baseline: 731k pkts/sec, cpu utilization at 1.50 cpus
>  changed: 783k pkts/sec, cpu utilization at 1.53 cpus
> The performance difference is largely determined by packet rate and
> inter-cpu communication cost. For example, if the sender and
> receiver are pinned to different cpu sockets, the results are
> baseline: 558k pkts/sec, cpu utilization at 1.71 cpus
>  changed: 690k pkts/sec, cpu utilization at 1.67 cpus
> Co-authored-by: Eric Dumazet <>
> Signed-off-by: Xi Wang <>

Applied to net-next, thanks.
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