[zeromq-dev] Why ZeroMQ has so much overhead?

Steven McCoy steven.mccoy at miru.hk
Wed Aug 29 03:17:39 CEST 2012

On 28 August 2012 20:11, Julie Anderson <julie.anderson.uk at gmail.com> wrote:

> Over 10GbE ZeroMQ claims a latency of 33 micros from end-to-end<http://www.zeromq.org/results:10gbe-tests-v031>.
> If you subtract 2 micros from "over-the-wire" transit time it is still 31
> micros. That's a lot!
> But if you make a simple test sending one packet from one side to the
> other, the total time is around 11 micros, or three times faster.
> What does ZeroMQ do to introduce 3 times more latency to the messages?
That document is 4 years old, hardware is faster today and low-microsecond
RTT requires a user-space stack to bypass kernel overheads which Mellanox
didn't have then.


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