> "Gord R. Lamb" wrote:
> > Hi everyone,
> > I'm trying to optimize a box for samba file serving (just contiguous block
> > I/O for the moment), and I've now got both CPUs maxxed out with system
> > load.
> > (For background info, the system is a 2x933 Intel, 1gb system memory,
> > 133mhz FSB, 1gbit 64bit/66mhz FC card, 2x 1gbit 64/66 etherexpress boards
> > in etherchannel bond, running linux-2.4.1+smptimers+zero-copy+lowlatency)
> > CPU states typically look something like this:
> > CPU states: 3.6% user, 94.5% system, 0.0% nice, 1.9% idle
> > .. with the 3 smbd processes each drawing around 50-75% (according to
> > top).
> > When reading the profiler results, the largest consuming kernel (calls?)
> > are file_read_actor and csum_partial_copy_generic, by a longshot (about
> > 70% and 20% respectively).
> > Presumably, the csum_partial_copy_generic should be eliminated (or at
> > least reduced) by David Miller's zerocopy patch, right? Or am I
> > misunderstanding this completely? :)
> I only know enough to be dangerous here, but I believe you will need to
> be using one of the network cards whose driver actually uses the
> zero-copy patches, and/or which can perform tcp checksum in hardware
> (of the network card).
Hmm. Yeah, I think that may be one of the problems (Intel's card isn't
supported afaik; if I have to I'll switch to 3com, or hopelessly try to
implement support). I'm looking for a patch to implement sendfile in
Samba, as Alan suggested. That seems like a good first step.
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