Many Networking Changes Are Inbound For Linux 4.7

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 17 May 2016 at 04:00 PM EDT. 1 Comment
David Miller sent in his big networking subsystem pull request today full of new features for the Linux 4.7 merge window.

Some of the networking highlights for Linux 4.7 include:

- Partial segment offloading. If you want to learn what that means, visit this patch page.

- The w5100 driver has support for SPI-based devices and W5200/W5000 from WIZnet.

- The BPF code has constant blinding support, improved usage documentation, and other enhancements.

- Optimizations for _ASYNC_ bit twiddling on sockets.

- Making the TCP stack preemptible to deal with possible "insane latency spikes."

- The QED driver has support for tunneling offloads and VF support.

- The Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) has support for RPS (Receive Packet Steering) and RFS (Receive Flow Steering) to improve scaling.

- Various other networking driver improvements.

More details on this batch of networking improvements for Linux 4.7 can be found via this pull request.
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