Routing performance with 10 Gigabit Ethernet



Routing performance is often used as a gauge of performance when evaluating a system. I will discuss some of the problems and solutions we found when trying to route line rate bi-directional traffic using off the shelf hardware.


Routing 64 byte packets bidirectionally is the standard test for many LAN and platform customers of Intel. Routing at line rate is the holy grail, and while CPU speed and memory bandwidth is increasing dramatically, actually using that bandwidth with an Ethernet I/O device is difficult. This paper will explain some of the tuning and results we have achieved with the latest generation of 10 Gigabit ethernet hardware combined with the latest processors/chipsets.


ethernet, 10Gb, networking, routing, performance


  • Biography

    Jesse has worked in various Intel networking device driver jobs since 1994. He currently works for Intel’s LAN Access Division, which creates hardware and software for 10/100, 1 Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet parts.

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