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A measurement study of the Linux TCP/IP stack performance and scalability on SMP systems

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A measurement study of the Linux TCP/IP stack performance and scalability on SMP systems
The performance of the protocol stack implementation of an operating system can greatly impact the performance of networked applications that run on it. In this paper, we present a thorough measurement study and comparison of the network stack performance of the two popular Linux kernels: 2.4 and 2.6, with a special focus on their performance on SMP architectures. Our findings reveal that interrupt processing costs, device driver overheads, checksumming and buffer copying are dominant overheads of protocol processing. We find that although raw CPU costs are not very different between the two kernels, Linux 2.6 shows vastly improved scalability, attributed to better scheduling and kernel locking mechanisms. We also uncover an anomalous behaviour in which Linux 2.6 performance degrades when packet processing for a single connection is distributed over multiple processors. This, however, verifies the superiority of the "processor per connection" model for parallel processing.
Shourya P. Bhattacharya, Varsha Apte
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Year 2006
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Authors Shourya P. Bhattacharya, Varsha Apte
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