Nehalem network performance
kelvin at telemetry-investments.com
Fri Jan 29 19:59:49 UTC 2010
On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 12:22:05PM +0200, Gilboa Davara wrote:
> > which
> > was throttling the CPUs to 1.6 GHz (from a maximum of 2.4 GHz). I attempted to
> > remedy this by setting InterruptThrottleRate=0,0 in the e1000e driver, after
> > which we had one full day of testing with zero rx_missed_errors, but the
> > application still reported packet loss.
> rx_missed_error usually get triggered when the kernel is slow to handle
> incoming hardware interrupts.
> There's a trade-off here, increase the interrupt rate and you'll
> increase the kernel CPU usage as the expense of lower latency - decrease
> the interrupt rate, and you'll reduce the CPU usage at the expense of a
> higher chance of hitting the RX queue limit.
> I'd suggest you try setting the InterruptThrottleRate to 1000, while
> increasing the RX queues to 4096.
> (sbin/ethtool -G DEVICE rx 4096)
> You could try enabling multi-queue by adding IntterruptType=2,
> RSS=NUM_OF_QUEUE and MQ=1 to your modprobe.conf.d.
I'll try these suggestions later today. Note that I was able to disable
interrupt throttling on the on-board 82574L NICs without seeing any
> Can you post the output of $ mpstat -P 1 ALL during peak load?
We run "mpstat -P 5 ALL" continuously; is this sufficient resolution? I've
attached the mpstat output from the 09:30-10:30 yesterday, which is one of the
busiest hours of the day for multicast traffic.
Also, here is the top of the output from powertop. Are you running with C-STATE
enabled? It is somewhat troubling that more than half of the time is spent in
the most power-saving state (C3), but I think this is averaged across all CPUs.
PowerTOP version 1.11 (C) 2007 Intel Corporation
Cn Avg residency P-states (frequencies)
C0 (cpu running) (15.2%)
polling 5.5ms ( 4.1%)
C1 halt 0.2ms (23.0%)
C2 mwait 0.2ms ( 4.6%)
C3 mwait 0.4ms (53.1%)
Wakeups-from-idle per second : 2833.7 interval: 10.0s
no ACPI power usage estimate available
Top causes for wakeups:
47.7% (8416.6) <interrupt> : lan1-TxRx-0
25.5% (4498.9) <kernel IPI> : Rescheduling interrupts
13.2% (2324.3) <kernel core> : hrtimer_start_range_ns (tick_sched_timer)
5.7% (1000.9) kipmi0 : __mod_timer (process_timeout)
4.1% (721.9) <interrupt> : lan0-TxRx-0
2.3% (413.0) <interrupt> : extra timer interrupt
0.6% ( 99.8) <kernel module> : __mod_timer (smi_timeout)
0.5% ( 93.1) <interrupt> : ata_piix, ata_piix, uhci_hcd:usb5, uhci_hcd:
0.1% ( 17.2) <kernel core> : __mod_timer (neigh_periodic_timer)
0.1% ( 11.1) <kernel core> : hrtimer_start (tick_sched_timer)
0.1% ( 10.4) vconfig : __mod_timer (garp_join_timer)
0.1% ( 10.0) <kernel module> : __mod_timer (ipmi_timeout)
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