[dpdk-users] DPDK on 1Gbps NIC

abrahamgv at students.itb.ac.id abrahamgv at students.itb.ac.id
Fri Jun 21 19:56:38 CEST 2019

Oh, I see. Thank you for your response, Stephen.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephen Hemminger" <stephen at networkplumber.org>
To: abrahamgv at students.itb.ac.id
Cc: "users" <users at dpdk.org>
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2019 10:08:53 PM
Subject: Re: [dpdk-users] DPDK on 1Gbps NIC

On Fri, 21 Jun 2019 20:31:21 +0700 (WIB)
abrahamgv at students.itb.ac.id wrote:

> So I recently try to implement physical OvS-DPDK with Intel NIC (1Gbps). Then, I compared the performance between native OvS and OvS-DPDK. I found out that there is not much difference in the performance, I also tried changing the packet size (range from 64B - 1500B) and the result: OvS-DPDK is 1.05~1.3x higher than native OvS. Meanwhile, Intel performance report (this is one of them: https://download.01.org/packet-processing/ONPS2.1/Intel_ONP_Release_2.1_Performance_Test_Report_Rev1.0.pdf ) stated that OvS-DPDK performance is 10~12x higher than native OvS (in the link given, it is on section 7.2.1: PHY-OVS-PHY). 
> The difference between "my OvS" and "Intel OvS" is Intel used 10Gbps NIC (and even try to reach 40Gbps by using 4x10Gbps NIC), instead of me that just used 1Gbps NIC. So here is my question: 
> 1) Is DPDK performance-gain more likely to happen with higher speed NIC, such as 10Gbps NIC rather than 1Gbps or 100 Mbps NIC? 
> 2) And to prove the question above, is there any performance report regarding OvS-DPDK vs native-OvS with 1Gbps or 100 Mbps NIC? 
> Thank you, 
> Abraham 

A 1Gbit NIC is slow enough that CPU can keep up, so polling like DPDK doesn't really help.
The standard Linux kernel GRO also helps and can keep up at those speeds.

Summary: There really is no performance benefit expected with DPDK with fast
cpu's at 1Gbit or less.

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