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
LINUX KERNEL --
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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