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[Qemu-devel] [Bug 597351] Re: Slow UDP performance with virtio device

From: Launchpad Bug Tracker
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [Bug 597351] Re: Slow UDP performance with virtio device
Date: Mon, 09 Jan 2017 04:17:47 -0000

[Expired for QEMU because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

** Changed in: qemu
       Status: Incomplete => Expired

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  Slow UDP performance with virtio device

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Bug description:
  I'm working on an app that is very sensitive to round-trip latency
  between the guest and host, and qemu/kvm seems to be significantly
  slower than it needs to be.

  The attached program is a ping/pong over UDP.  Call it with a single
  argument to start a listener/echo server on that port.  With three
  arguments it becomes a counted "pinger" that will exit after a
  specified number of round trips for performance measurements.  For

    $ gcc -o udp-pong udp-pong.c
    $ ./udp-pong 12345 &                       # start a listener on port 12345
    $ time ./udp-pong 12345 1000000  # time a million round trips

  When run on the loopback device on a single machine (true on the host
  or within a guest), I get about 100k/s.

  When run across a port forward using "user" networking on qemu (or
  kvm, the performance is the same) and the default rtl8139 driver (both
  the host and guest are Ubuntu Lucid), I get about 10k/s.  This seems
  very slow, but perhaps unavoidably so?

  When run in the same configuration using the "virtio" driver, I get
  only 2k/s.  This is almost certainly a bug in the virtio driver, given
  that it's a paravirtualized device that is 5x slower than the "slow"
  hardware emulation.

  I get no meaningful change in performance between kvm/qemu.

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