Re: CPU usage for 10Gbps UDP transfers

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On Sat, Sep 15, 2007 at 04:29:39PM -0700, David Schwartz wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > is it expected that application sending 8900bytes datagram
> > through 10Gbps NIC
> > utilizes CPU to 100% and similarly the receiver also utilizes CPU to 100%.
> > Is it something wrong or this is quite OK?
> >
> > (The box is dual single core Opteron 2.4GHz with Myricom 10GE NIC.)
> It's extremely hard to understand what it is that you're saying. Perhaps if
> I explain the two things I first thought when you posted this, it will
> explain why your post is vague:
> 1) *Any* task will use the CPU to 100% while it's running. Even if you ask
> the computer to add 1 to 1, while it's doing that add for you, the task is
> using 100% of the CPU.
> 2) If you ask the CPU to do any task over and over again as quickly as it
> can, and it has nothing else to do, that task will get 100% of the CPU?
> So what are you really asking?

I think he means that his application saturates the 10Gbps NIC with 8900
bytes datagrams and it consumes 100% of the CPU while doing this, and it's
the same on the receiver side. I'm not surprized at all, considering that
it means around 140kpps, or pauses of about 7 microseconds between each
frame. Those pauses are too short to do anything else, resulting in the
task to appear as taking 100% CPU. But IMHO, that does not mean that the
machine is saturated; If the task had more work to do between each datagram,
it would possibly be done. Same if it had to send shorter frames twice as


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