My Original Question:
> <> I have just installed some new 10Mbp/s switches from cabletron for the Unix
> <> workstations here. I did some testing after moving a small part of the sun
> <> network to the new switch. I essentially ran a script that would run the
> <> command
> <> /bin/time rcp file target:/dev/null
> <> where file were files that were 1, 5 10, & 20MB and target was multiple
> <> machines both on the new switched network and on the old shared network. I
> <> ran each 4 times threw away the first time and averaged the remaining 3,
> <> then divided the file
> <> size by the time to get throughput. The best time I got was 880kB/s, I was
> <> expecting 1250kB/s (10Mb / 8b per byte = 1.25MB or 1250kB). Their support
> <> has now told me that that is about the best I can expect given the machines
> <> ( they are mostly sparc5's) the idea being that the computer cannot drive
> <> the le0 at 10Mbps. They have tests supporting the 65-70% throughput number
> <> (still better than competitors).
I would like to thank everyone for the help.
firstname.lastname@example.org (John Justin Hough)
james mularadelis <email@example.com>
Reto Lichtensteiger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Casper Dik <casper@holland.Sun.COM>
Tom Southerland <email@example.com>
firstname.lastname@example.org (Russell David)
email@example.com (Ron Loftin)
Tom Mornini <firstname.lastname@example.org>
email@example.com (Richard Read)
Michael Maciolek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The overall consensus was that 800k/sec was a reasonable number to expect from a switched 10Mbps network. My original expectation of 1250Kb/s was wrong, there is an overhead. Michael Maciolek sent me a very nice copy of an explanation of the overhead and that number comes to just under 10%. So the very best you could expect would be 1125kb/sec assuming everything else was perfect. Everyone seemed to think that the ethernet port could easily be driven at 10Mbp/s. I also got some ideas of different test to test with. Using spray I was able to approach 1100kb/s. Utilizing multiples of this I was able to prove the switched 10 continued to provide 1100kb/s under multiple sessions on the same card, while the shared 10 performance degraded as you would expect under multiple sessions down to about 400kb/s.
So it looks like the rest of the network now gets migrated to the switched 10.
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