Performance Evaluation of Interrupt-Driven Kernels in Gigabit Networks

K. Salah, K. El-Badawi

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The paper presents models and analytical techniques for studying system behavior of an interrupt-driven kernel due to high packet arrival rate found in gigabit networks. An analytical study is presented describing the impact of high interrupt rate on system performance. The performance is studied in terms of throughput, latency, and system power. Equations are derived for system throughput, latency, power, and stability condition. Results from both reported experimental findings and simulations show that our analytical model is valid and give a good approximation. To the best of authors' knowledge, the impact of interrupts on system performance had never been studied analytically in the past, and this analytical work is the first of its kind.

Original languageBritish English
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2003
EventIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference GLOBECOM'03 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 1 Dec 20035 Dec 2003


ConferenceIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference GLOBECOM'03
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • Analysis
  • Gigabit Networks
  • Interrupts
  • Modeling
  • Operating Systems
  • Performance
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