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Date:	Thu, 3 Jul 2014 19:44:08 -0300
From:	Flavio Leitner <>
Subject: RSS is not efficient when forwarding


I have a simple router setup which forwards traffic from
one ixgbe 82599ES to another ixgbe of the same model.

kernel: 3.16.0-rc2-00262-ga921e2a

  p2p1: is the gateway of the LAN
  p2p2: is the gateway of the other LAN

While the ARP is resolving, I can see the packets being spread
among all the 8 queues (8 online CPUs) available and that is fine.

However, as soon as the TCP traffic starts, all streams are
merged to rx-queue-0 which overwhelms one single CPU, so the
total throughput is about 4Gbits/sec.

I can see the driver sending different skb->hash for each stream,
so it can't be the NIC.

Also, if I run a local http on the router, the skb->hash pattern
doesn't change, but the workload is spread among all CPUs.

debug output while reproducing all the streams on rx-queue-0:
[11685.885093] ixgbe_rx_skb:1713 skb(ffff880222a77200) hash: 0xC2AF4A27
[11685.891454] ixgbe_rx_skb:1713 skb(ffff880222a77200) hash: 0x8C5B749D
[11685.897820] ixgbe_rx_skb:1713 skb(ffff880222a77200) hash: 0xA33BA6D5
[11690.845032] net_ratelimit: 3276406 callbacks suppressed

Any idea why all TCP streams are going to a single rx queue?


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