[Winpcap-users] Circular buffer
ipopescu at dataq.com
Fri Jun 23 17:09:00 GMT 2006
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Loris Degioanni wrote:
> 2. According to the documentation, the circular buffer should
> overwrite the
> older packets with the latest "wire" packets while at the same time
> the oldest available packets to the application. Is my understanding
>> The driver overwrites a packet only after it's been "consumed" by the
>> application. If the application is stuck, the driver starts dropping
>> packets when it reaches the tail of the buffer.
So these "purposely" dropped packets are reported in the pcap_stat
structure? Is there a way to reset these stats? Besides closing and
reopening the adapter. Although, I could keep track of when I check it and
simply subtract off what I consider "handled".
> 3. I have noticed something peculiar related to kernel memory size and
> usage. As I increase the kernel (and user) buffer, the % CPU usage of my
> test application goes up. I'm testing this using Task Manager. The test
> application stays the same, it uses a command line argument to set the
> memory size. It also works on the same set of data. What reason's might
> there be for such behavior?
>> How big is the buffer that you set?
>> The driver allocates this buffer from the nonpaged memory pool, and
>> setting it to a very big size could impact on the OS performance. Other
>> than that, the only reason why changing the size of the buffers could
>> slow your application down is caching issues.
The effect is shown over a range of sizes. I've tried values from 100,000 to
50,000,000. The effect is "skewed" depending on the machine, but it's still
there. My first thought was that more processing needed to be done to
"handle" the larger amount of memory, but I've not yet come up with any good
ideas as to what might cause such a thing.
I understand your reasoning for large buffers, but why is the effect
noticeable even at smaller ranges? I'll try to see if I can come up with a
good size at which an "outlier" occurs.
Is there any reason for me to test the kernel and user buffers
independently? Up until now, I've set both of them to the same values.
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