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Network Tuning – BIOS settings for Mellanox Network cards
Posted by on 13 August 2015 12:27 AM

By Sanju Manjunath

This article documents the BIOS parameter settings to achieve the best performance for Mellanox Network Cards used in the IronPOD and Iron Networks CPS compliant products.


Applies to:
Iron Networks Products: IronPOD Family of Products, Microsoft CPS
Software: Windows 2012 R2


Adjust the following BIOS settings.

  1. Disable Hyper-Threading
  2. Set CPU Power to High Performance
  1. Boot to BIOS and go to Advanced
  2. Select CPU Configuration
  3. Disable Hyper-Threading
  4. Enable Power Performance Parameters
  5. Go to CPU Power Management Configuration > Power Technology
    Set Power Technology to [Max Performance]
    Set Energy/Performance Bias to [Performance]
  6. Save and reboot
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