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Re: [Xen-devel] Interesting observation with network event notification and batching

>>> On 17.06.13 at 11:38, Ian Campbell <Ian.Campbell@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Sun, 2013-06-16 at 10:54 +0100, Wei Liu wrote:
>> > > Konrad, IIRC you once mentioned you discovered something with event
>> > > notification, what's that?
>> > 
>> > They were bizzare. I naively expected some form of # of physical NIC 
>> > interrupts to be around the same as the VIF or less. And I figured
>> > that the amount of interrupts would be constant irregardless of the
>> > size of the packets. In other words #packets == #interrupts.
>> > 
>> It could be that the frontend notifies the backend for every packet it
>> sends. This is not desirable and I don't expect the ring to behave that
>> way.
> It is probably worth checking that things are working how we think they
> should. i.e. that netback's calls to RING_FINAL_CHECK_FOR_.. and
> netfront's calls to RING_PUSH_..._AND_CHECK_NOTIFY are placed at
> suitable points to maximise batching.
> Is the RING_FINAL_CHECK_FOR_REQUESTS inside the xen_netbk_tx_build_gops
> loop right? This would push the req_event pointer to just after the last
> request, meaning the net request enqueued by the frontend would cause a
> notification -- even though the backend is actually still continuing to
> process requests and would have picked up that packet without further
> notification. n this case there is a fair bit of work left in the
> backend for this iteration i.e. plenty of opportunity for the frontend
> to queue more requests.
> The comments in ring.h say:
>  *  These macros will set the req_event/rsp_event field to trigger a
>  *  notification on the very next message that is enqueued. If you want to
>  *  create batches of work (i.e., only receive a notification after several
>  *  messages have been enqueued) then you will need to create a customised
>  *  version of the FINAL_CHECK macro in your own code, which sets the event
>  *  field appropriately.
> Perhaps we want to just use RING_HAS_UNCONSUMED_REQUESTS in that loop
> (and other similar loops) and add a FINAL check at the very end?

But then again the macro doesn't update req_event when there
are unconsumed requests already upon entry to the macro.


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