At 09:57 AM 25/09/2004, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

    As long as all your interfaces support polling, you should see
hardly see any interrupt usage at all, as that is the whole point of
polling.  You can allocate more or less CPU cycles to flinging packets
around via various sysctl settings.  See the polling man pages for
more info


Thanks, but that doesn't answer the question. Since polling cycles don't seem to be shown under any usage category, how do you know what your system usage is when polling is enabled? It seems like a big negative to me.

Read the MAN page. There is a whole section there on a number of MIB variables that display various statistics around polling. 50% of the CPU cycles are allocated to the system by default. If that 50% is used up, it will show up in top under system processes in top.

Given a decent CPU, you wont see very much of a load average at all in the 200Kpps / 100Mb range.



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