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Linux 2.6.35 Includes Speedy Google Code, Less Bloat

Aug 02, 2010, 21:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"Linux creator Linus Torvalds has released the new Linux 2.6.35 kernel, providing users of the open source operating system with new networking capabilities and performance enhancements, along with filesystem improvements.

"Chief among improvements in the new 2.6.35 Linux kernel are incoming network traffic load-spreading features: Receive Packet Steering (RPS) and Receive Flow Steering (RFS), which aim to improve performance. Both enhancements were contributed by search engine giant Google.

""RPS distributes the load of received packet processing across multiple CPUs," Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) developer Tom Herbert wrote in his Linux code commit message."This solution queues packets early on in the receive path on the backlog queues of other CPUs. This allows protocol processing (e.g. IP and TCP) to be performed on packets in parallel."

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