FEC performance on the 855T/860T

Dan Malek dan at netx4.com
Fri Jun 30 04:12:01 EST 2000

Graham Stoney wrote:

> .....The first bottleneck to stand
> out is that the FEC port isn't going as fast as we'd like.

We have discussed this before.  The FEC runs at 100 Mbits/sec,
back to back packets.  It has to....there isn't any buffer
space in the FEC to do otherwise.  The bottleneck is the protocol
and application processing in the PPC core.  The performance of
a TCP/IP connection scales nearly linearly with the processor

The 50 MHz 860P will run about 30 Mbits/sec TCP/IP, and a 100
MHz 860P will run about 60 Mbits/sec TCP/IP.  You can write
a program that will send back-to-back Ethernet frames at the
maximum rate, and will read and discard Ethernet frames at the
maximum rate.

Just write a program (nttcp works) to benchmark using the local
loopback device.  That will tell you what the processor can

	-- Dan

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