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Intel i350-T4 network performance on jumbo network with iSCSI

The issue is that iSCSI performance is poor. iPerf tests confirms that with network frame > 3k the performance rapidly reduces from 95% of line speed towards 25% of line speed. RX drops can be observed with ifconfig.

The configuration is:

  • an i350-T4 on Linux (Xen dom0)
  • a Dell 5324 switch
  • an i350-T4 on FreeBSD/FreeNAS
  • 9k jumbo frames support

The NICs have a VLAN and no link aggregation.

 

Issues considered

  • irqbalance
  • Dom0 getting a limited memory and cpus
  • flow control on the NICs and switch
  • RX/TX ring parameters (ethtool -g)
  • rx-flow-hash (ethtool -n)
  • PCI transfer limits (Maximum Memory Read Byte Count)

 

Links

 

Appendices

RX drops

# ifconfig enp7s0f0
enp7s0f0: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 9000
        inet6 2001:4428:225:1:2e53:4aff:fe00:ff6  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x0<global>
        inet6 fd0c:898b:471c:1:2e53:4aff:fe00:ff6  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x0<global>
        inet6 fe80::2e53:4aff:fe00:ff6  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x20<link>
        ether 2c:53:4a:00:0f:f6  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
        RX packets 1880091  bytes 2897552632 (2.6 GiB)
        RX errors 0  dropped 469012  overruns 0  frame 0
        TX packets 973354  bytes 2335977388 (2.1 GiB)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0
        device memory 0xfeb00000-febfffff

PCI Info

# lspci -nv
07:00.3 0200: 8086:1521 (rev 01)
        Subsystem: 8086:0001
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 19
        Memory at fdf00000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1M]
        Memory at feaf0000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
        Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
        Capabilities: [50] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable+ 64bit+
        Capabilities: [70] MSI-X: Enable+ Count=10 Masked-
        Capabilities: [a0] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
        Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
        Capabilities: [140] Device Serial Number a0-36-9f-ff-ff-a1-25-1c
        Capabilities: [150] Alternative Routing-ID Interpretation (ARI)
        Capabilities: [160] Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV)
        Capabilities: [1a0] Transaction Processing Hints
        Capabilities: [1d0] Access Control Services
        Kernel driver in use: igb
        Kernel modules: igb

Default MMRBC PCI

Show the default value for MMRBC for all four NIC by PCI ID (see above for getting the PCI ID for the NIC).

# setpci -d 8086:1521 e6.b
00
00
00
00
 

MMRBC Values

MM 	value in bytes
22 	512 (default)
26 	1024
2a 	2048
2e 	4096

ESXi machine

# esxcfg-nics -l
Name    PCI          Driver      Link Speed     Duplex MAC Address       MTU    Description
vmnic0  0000:00:19.0 e1000e      Up   1000Mbps  Full   94:de:80:af:1a:60 9000   Intel Corporation 82579V Gigabit Network Connection
vmnic1  0000:03:00.0 igb         Down 0Mbps     Full   a0:36:9f:18:3a:a4 9000   Intel Corporation I350 Gigabit Network Connection
vmnic2  0000:03:00.1 igb         Down 0Mbps     Full   a0:36:9f:18:3a:a5 9000   Intel Corporation I350 Gigabit Network Connection
vmnic3  0000:01:00.0 igb         Up   1000Mbps  Full   2c:53:4a:00:0f:f6 9000   Intel Corporation I350 Gigabit Network Connection
vmnic4  0000:01:00.1 igb         Up   1000Mbps  Full   2c:53:4a:00:0f:f7 9000   Intel Corporation I350 Gigabit Network Connection
vmnic5  0000:01:00.2 igb         Up   1000Mbps  Full   2c:53:4a:00:0f:f8 9000   Intel Corporation I350 Gigabit Network Connection
vmnic6  0000:01:00.3 igb         Up   1000Mbps  Full   2c:53:4a:00:0f:f9 9000   Intel Corporation I350 Gigabit Network Connection
 
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