[rescue] When is 100 less than 10?

Sheldon T. Hall shel at tandem.artell.net
Tue Apr 26 16:52:05 CDT 2005

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From: Sheldon T. Hall [mailto:shel at artell.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2005 2:47 PM
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Cc: Discussion of Large SGI Machines (big-iron at sgihelp.org)
Subject: RE: [rescue] When is 100 less than 10?

OK, this gets weirder.

I've tried switching switches, cables, and ports on the Challenge's vfe
board, and it's all the same.

However, what I have discovered is that, while X applications are bog slow
over the 100baseT link, slower than over 10baseT, normal apps are faster.
Using vfe0/100baseT, nedit or fm take 15 to 20 seconds to open a window on
my laptop, but vi or pico have their new window open before I can get my
pinkie off the return key.  Using et0/10baseT, nedit or fm have a window
open in about 3 seconds.

In addition, using vfe0/100baseT, nedit gets slower and slower, until it
becomes unusable.  Even closing the window takes 20 seconds at that point.
It works fine under et0/10baseT, of course.

So ... my question evolves:  Why are X apps over vfe0 slower than over et0,
while everything else is faster?


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