routing for 1000 users and 10Mbit internet.

Bill Moran wmoran at
Mon May 31 16:20:46 PDT 2004

hugle wrote:
> FG> On Mon, 31 May 2004, hugle wrote:
>>>why then my users eats so much CPU?
>>>CPU states:  0.0% user,  0.0% nice,  0.8% system, 38.0% interrupt, 61.2% idle
>>>Mem: 21M Active, 177M Inact, 133M Wired, 1228K Cache, 199M Buf, 1677M Free
>>>I have only 61% idle ?
>>>usualy i have ~50 idle..
>>>now I have P4 2.4GHZ
>>>maybe my setup is bad (kernel I mean)?
> FG> My guess is either cheap hardware (NIC) or bad tuning. What NICs are you
> FG> using?
> I'm using Intel cards (fxp) at the moment. But from reading the posts
> I've decided to buy GBIT NIC.
> Now the dilema is what brand name.. INTEL or 3COM ? maybe you guys
> could advice?

I've always had good results with fxp cards.

> And yes, my PC is dealing with lots of network traffic.. It's a
> gateway + shaping. It deals with almost 1000 users..
> Will this PC (p4 2.4GHZ) deal with 10mbit internet? as a gateway +
> shaper ? with one GBIT NIC connected to 100Mbit swith?

A gbit NIC isn't going to run at gbit speed on a 100mbit switch.

I would look elsewhere than the NIC.  Intel NICs are good units (in my experience,
if someone knows of problems with them, please speak up)

Read the polling man page and see if it will help you.

Bill Moran
Potential Technologies

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