[Bug 193834] New: Starting up Vbox instance slows down existing tcp flows on igb nic (tso related?)

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            Bug ID: 193834
           Summary: Starting up Vbox instance slows down existing tcp
                    flows on igb nic (tso related?)
           Product: Base System
           Version: 10.1-BETA1
          Hardware: amd64
                OS: Any
            Status: Needs Triage
          Severity: Affects Many People
          Priority: ---
         Component: kern
          Assignee: freebsd-bugs at FreeBSD.org
          Reporter: mike at sentex.net

I noticed on the weekend our offsite rsync virtually stopped.  Upon
investigation I found that I had started a vbox guest on the machine and this
caused the rsync ssh flow to virtually stall.  Stopping and restart the rsync
process fixed the issue. 

Its easy to re-create.
start a large tcp stream operation eg. pipe an ssh stream to another machine
fire up a FreeBSD guest in vbox where the guest bridges the nic.
The ssh stream will virtually stall.
Another way to fix the issue is to shutdown the vbox guest. The traffic speeds
will resume to normal.

 1   37 0xffffffff80200000 1141750  kernel
 2    1 0xffffffff81342000 4a10     coretemp.ko
 3    1 0xffffffff81411000 169e64   zfs.ko
 4    1 0xffffffff8157b000 397f     opensolaris.ko
 5    1 0xffffffff8157f000 3582     ums.ko
 6    1 0xffffffff81583000 2b5c     uhid.ko
 7    1 0xffffffff81586000 176f     accf_http.ko
 8    1 0xffffffff81588000 cbf      accf_data.ko
 9    1 0xffffffff81589000 2e57     aesni.ko
10    1 0xffffffff8158c000 1f56c    crypto.ko
11    3 0xffffffff815ac000 32710    vboxdrv.ko
12    1 0xffffffff815df000 3ec0     vboxnetadp.ko
13    1 0xffffffff815e3000 28c0     vboxnetflt.ko
14    2 0xffffffff815e6000 b998     netgraph.ko
15    1 0xffffffff815f2000 40b2     ng_ether.ko

Another way to do it is to start the ssh stream, pause and then unpause the
guest.  When the guest restarts, the ssh stream will drop to almost zero.

The bug seems to have something to do with tso. If I disable tso on the NIC,
this behaviour does not happen.
Intel MB. dmesg, dmidecode etc attached
# VBoxManage --version

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