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@ 2008-02-29 20:54 Lukas Razik
  2008-03-02 10:46 ` Pavel Machek
  0 siblings, 1 reply; 3+ messages in thread
From: Lukas Razik @ 2008-02-29 20:54 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: linux-kernel

Hello all!

As you know, some network cards doesn't have a 'eth' interface under linux.
Because of that I'm developing a net_device based driver which doesn't 
transmit and receive directly through a real network card but through 
UDP kernel sockets.
That means:
If my net_device->hard_start_xmit function gets an packet to transmit 
(in interrupt context), there will be a work struct queued into a 
workqueue and the packet will be processed by the workqueue later on (in 
process context).
On the receiver side I have a kernel thread which blocks on 
sock_recvmsg() and if there comes a UDP message, then it will be 
processed and a sk_buff will be passed to the kernel.
The current state is that all works stable but I've bad transmission 
rates and bad ping times.

For example I've to systems and each has one Gigabit-Ethernet card:
System 1: ifconfig eth0
System 2: ifconfig eth0

If I load my driver then I get an additional eth interface (for example):
System 1: ifconfig eth1
System 2: ifconfig eth1

So the eth1 interfaces are based on sockets which use the eth0 (Gigabit) 
interfaces for the communication.
Now, if I measure the transmission between and 
then I get transmission rates that are normal for Gigabit-Ethernet 
(~25µsec (PingPong) and ~900Mbit/s).
If I measure the transmission through the eth1 interfaces between and then I only get ~1msec (PingPong) and only 
about ~400Mbit/s.

The interesting thing is, that I always get PingPongs of 1ms (= one 
jiffie). Although if I measure with 100MBit- or other non-Ethernet cards.
Maybe it's because I run the socket_recvmsg() function in a kernel 
thread which blocks on the function and must wait to be executed by the 

Now I don't know how I could solve this problem:
How can I force the kernel to process a received message immediately 
when it comes in through an UDP kernel socket?

I hope that someone of you can help me....
The source code you can find here:

Regards and Many Thanks for any help!

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