Intel Pro 82546 chipset performance

Mark Rakes mrakes at
Thu Jan 15 05:25:35 EST 2004

I know the kernel e1000 driver works on ppc (at least on an 8245).

On Jan 14, 2004, at 8:00 AM, Dayton, Dean wrote:
> Is there a PPC compatible driver available for this the 82546 Intel Pro
> 1000. I was just handed an SBE lanPMC card with this chipset on it
> yesterday. I am trying to use it on an 8265 based system with a 2.4.21
> kernel. The driver in this kernel crashes on startup. A quick look at
> the
> driver makes me think that it has never been used on anything but x86.
> Am I
> misreading the situation? Is there an enhanced driver available?
> Thanks
> Dean Dayton
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Samuel Agarwal [mailto:sagarwal10 at]
>> Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 1:37 AM
>> To: linux-mips at; linuxppc-embedded at
>> Subject: Intel Pro 82546 chipset performance
>> Hi
>> We're trying to use the Intel Pro 1000 adapters with the
>> 82546 chipset for a packet switching application. Has anyone
>> investigated performance on this chipset? With minimum sized
>> ethernet frames, the maximum throughput I can get is about 1
>> million packets per second (versus a 1.4 mill for line rate
>> on a gigethernet) and it looks that performance is skewed
>> towards receiving traffic (rather than sending out).
>> If anyone has any opinions or thoughts I'd appreciate them.
>> It's hard to get information out of Intel.

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