Slow network performance reading data

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by JoeySpace, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. JoeySpace

    JoeySpace New Member

    Hi,

    I need help with a Debian Sarge installation showing a bad network performance. I have VMware Server installed and noticed slow network transfer when reading files from a virtual Windows 2000 Server to (non virtual) Windows XP clients. As I was unable to find any problem within the Windows Server I installed Samba on the Debian server and the problem occurs there as well: I am able to write files of about 2 GB size in about 2 minutes (65 to 75 % network utilization) but reading the same file from the same share takes longer than 30 minutes (1.5 % network utilization).

    So I assume the Debian server must be the source of the problem. My knowledge to finding such network performance problems on Debian is very limited so I really need help. I have included some details below.

    Any hints or links I can follow? Do you need more details?

    Thanks

    Joe

    - The Debian server network card is connected to a 100 MBit/s switch only, not 1 GBit/s!
    - the kernel is 2.6.8-2-286

    vs01:/home/joe# lspci
    0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82865G/PE/P DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 02)
    0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82865G/PE/P PCI to AGP Controller (rev 02)
    0000:00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #1 (rev 02)
    0000:00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #2 (rev 02)
    0000:00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #3 (rev 02)
    0000:00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #4 (rev 02)
    0000:00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
    0000:00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801 PCI Bridge (rev c2)
    0000:00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) LPC Bridge (rev 02)
    0000:00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) Ultra ATA 100 Storage Controller (rev 02)
    0000:00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801EB (ICH5) Serial ATA 150 Storage Controller (rev 02)
    0000:00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
    0000:00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
    0000:02:05.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c940 10/100/1000Base-T [Marvell] (rev 12)
    0000:02:09.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc. 86c764/765 [Trio32/64/64V+] (rev 40)
    0000:02:0a.0 SCSI storage controller: Adaptec AHA-2940U/UW/D / AIC-7881U

    vs01:/home/joe# lshw | less
    vs01
    description: Desktop Computer
    product: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
    vendor: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
    version: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
    serial: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
    width: 32 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.3 dmi-2.3
    configuration: boot=normal chassis=desktop uuid=AC21B4EC-45F9-D711-BDB9-131696D6318F
    *-core
    description: Motherboard
    product: P4P800
    vendor: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
    physical id: 0
    version: Rev 1.xx
    serial: MB-1234567890
    slot: DIMM B2
    *-firmware
    description: BIOS
    vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
    physical id: 0
    version: 1019.005 (10/14/2004)
    size: 64KB
    capacity: 448KB
    capabilities: isa pci pnp apm upgrade shadowing escd cdboot bootselect socketedrom edd int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880
    int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi usb agp ls120boot zipboot biosbootspecification
    *-cpu
    description: CPU
    product: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
    vendor: Intel Corp.
    physical id: 4
    bus info: cpu@0
    version: 15.2.7
    slot: CPU 1
    size: 2800MHz
    capacity: 3600MHz
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 133MHz
    capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse
    sse2 ss ht tm pbe cid
    configuration: id=0

    (...dropped a few lines...)

    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: 3c940 10/100/1000Base-T [Marvell]
    vendor: 3Com Corporation
    physical id: 5
    bus info: pci@02:05.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 12
    serial: 00:0c:6e:e3:9f:cc
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
    configuration: broadcast=yes ip=192.168.153.9 multicast=yes
    resources: iomemory:f7ffc000-f7ffffff ioport:e800-e8ff irq:209


    vs01:/home/joe# less /etc/network/interfaces
    # This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
    # and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

    # The loopback network interface
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback

    # The primary network interface
    auto eth0
    iface eth0 inet static
    address 192.168.153.9
    netmask 255.255.255.0
    network 192.168.153.0
    broadcast 192.168.153.255
    gateway 192.168.153.7
     
  2. Ben

    Ben ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    So if I got it right, you have an asymetric perfomance, full in uploading, but bad when downloading?

    You should check, wether your duplex mode is the same on switchport and server.
    If you got a not configurable soho router, afaik the deault is auto. If the port is conifgured to 100Full, you should do the same with your NIC.
     
  3. JoeySpace

    JoeySpace New Member

    >So if I got it right, you have an asymetric perfomance, full in uploading, but bad when downloading?

    Exactly.

    The switch is not configurable, and yes, the default should be auto.

    Using Debian: Where do I see the mode the NIC is in? Ifconfig output doesn't show this. And how do I configure 100Full with Debian?

    I temporarily solved the problem by turning off the onboard NIC and using a 100 MBit/s NIC instead. Everything works just fine now.

    But I am still interested in the answers to my questions above. I would prefer to use the onboard NIC as the switch might be replaced by a 1 GBit/s one.

    Thanks.

    Joe
     

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