em interface slow down on 8.0R

Robert N. M. Watson rwatson at freebsd.org
Thu Dec 3 03:17:14 UTC 2009

On 1 Dec 2009, at 12:05, Elliot Finley wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 6:29 PM, Hiroki Sato <hrs at freebsd.org> wrote:
> Jack Vogel <jfvogel at gmail.com> wrote
>  in <2a41acea0911301119j1449be58y183f2fe1d1112a68 at mail.gmail.com>:
> jf> I will look into this Hiroki, as time goes the older hardware does not
> jf> always
> jf> get test cycles like one might wish.
> Here's some more info to throw into the mix.  I have several new boxes running 8-Stable (a few hours after release).
> Leaving all sysctl at default, I get around 400mbps testing with netperf or iperf.  If I set the following on the box running 'netserver' or 'iperf -s':
> kern.ipc.maxsockbuf=16777216
> net.inet.tcp.recvspace=1048576
> then I can get around 926mbps.  But then if I make those same changes on the box running the client side of netperf or iperf the performance drops back down to around 400mbps.
> All boxes have the same hardware.  they have two 4-port Intel NICS in them.
> em1 at pci0:5:0:1: class=0x020000 card=0x10a48086 chip=0x10a48086 rev=0x06 hdr=0x00
>     vendor     = 'Intel Corporation'
>     device     = '82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller'
>     class      = network
>     subclass   = ethernet
> any pointers on further network tuning to get bidirectional link saturation would be much appreciated.  These boxes are not in production yet, so anyone that would like to have access to troubleshoot, just ask.

I've CC'd Lawrence Stewart in on this thread, as he's been doing work on the TCP stack lately and might have insight into what you might be running into. Lawrence -- there's a bit of a back thread with configuration and problem details in the stable@ archives.


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