[Intel-wired-lan] [E1000-devel] i40e card Tx resets

Sowmini Varadhan sowmini.varadhan at oracle.com
Tue Mar 15 10:54:33 UTC 2016

On (03/15/16 16:55), zhuyj wrote:
> Sorry. I explain this in details.
> I have an similar problem. At first, I think it is related with tso.
> Then I made tests with pktgen tools and found that this similar
> problem still occurred whether
> tso is enabled or not.
> So I suggest to make tests with pktgen tools to exclude tso.

I realize that TSO might not be the root cause (Tushar also
pointed that out) but might just be triggering the issue...

I dont think we need pktgen at this point- it's quite easy
to reproduce this on commodity Haswell servers, and by installing
the rds-stress from the rpm below:


To run it, set up 2 nodes  connected on i40e. I shall call them
"client" and "server" though both will send traffic in the test

Start the listener:
 server# modprobe rds-tcp
 server# rds-stress -r <server addr>

Start the test:

 client# modprobe rds-tcp
 client# rds-stress -r <client addr> -s <server-addr> -q 256 -a 8192 -d16 -t16 -T30 

(all params are explained in the rds-stress man page)

If you do this on ixgbe, you will see that the column for "tx+rx K/s"
shows a steady throughput, whereas i40e numbers are bursty and low.

Also, for i40e, you will see messages about TX hang on on the console.

I think that, to find the root-cause, we need to see what is
triggering the mdd error.

Would be good if someone from Intel could provide some hints on
how to do that (or try the above tests!)


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