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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] xen-netback: count number required slots for an skb more carefully

On 04/09/13 16:44, Wei Liu wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 04, 2013 at 03:02:01PM +0100, David Vrabel wrote:
> [...]
>>>> I think I prefer fixing the counting for backporting to stable kernels.
>>> The original patch has coding style change. Sans that contextual change
>>> it's not a very long patch.
>> The size of the patch isn't the main concern for backport-ability.  It's
>> the frontend visible changes and thus any (unexpected) impacts on
>> frontends -- this is especially important as only a small fraction of
>> frontends in use will be tested with these changes.
>>>>  Xi's approach of packing the ring differently is a change in frontend
>>>> visible behaviour and seems more risky. e.g., possible performance
>>>> impact so I would like to see some performance analysis of that approach.
>>> With Xi's approach it is more efficient for backend to process. As we
>>> now use one less grant copy operation which means we copy the same
>>> amount of data with less grant ops.
>> It think it uses more grant ops because the copies of the linear
>> portion are in chunks that do not cross source page boundaries.
>> i.e., in netbk_gop_skb():
>>      data = skb->data;
>>      while (data < skb_tail_pointer(skb)) {
>>              unsigned int offset = offset_in_page(data);
>>              unsigned int len = PAGE_SIZE - offset;
>>                 [...]
>> It wasn't clear from the patch that this had been considered and that
>> any extra space needed in the grant op array was made available.
> If I'm not mistaken the grant op array is already enormous. See the
> comment in struct xen_netbk for grant_copy_op. The case that a buffer
> straddles two slots was taken into consideration long ago -- that's
> why you don't see any comment or code change WRT that..

I'm not convinced that even that is enough for the current
implementation in the (very) worse case.

Consider a skb with 8 frags all 512 in length.  The linear data will be
placed into 1 slot, and the frags will be packed into 1 slot so 9 grant
ops and 2 slots.

I definitely think we do not want to potentially regress any further in
this area.


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