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Re: [Xen-devel] large packet support in netfront driver and guest network throughput

On 2013-9-18 1:53, Anirban Chakraborty wrote:

On 9/17/13 1:25 AM, "Wei Liu" <wei.liu2@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 10:09:21AM +0800, annie li wrote:
I tried dom0 to dom0 and I got 9.4 Gbps, which is what I expected
(with GRO turned on in the physical interface). However, when I run
guest to guest, things fall off. Is large packet not supported in
netfront? I thought otherwise. I looked at the code and I do not see
any call to napi_gro_receive(), rather it is using
netif_receive_skb(). netback seems to be sending GSO packets to the
netfront, but it is being segmented to 1500 byte (as it appears from
the tcpdump).

OK, I get your problem.

Indeed netfront doesn't make use of GRO API at the moment.
This is true.
But I am wondering why large packet is not segmented into mtu size
with upstream kernel? I did see large packets with upsteam kernel on
receive guest(test between 2 domus on same host).

I think Anirban's setup is different. The traffic is from a DomU on
another host.

I will need to setup testing environment with 10G link to test this.

Anirban, can you share your setup, especially DomU kernel version, are
you using upstream kernel in DomU?
I have two hosts, say h1 and h2 running XenServer 6.1.
h1 running Centos 6.4, 64bit kernel, say guest1 and h2 running identical
guest, guest2.

iperf server is running on guest1 with iperf client connecting from guest2.

I haven't tried with upstream kernel yet. However, what I found out is
that the netback on the receiving host is transmitting GSO segments to the
guest (guest1), but the packets are segmented at the netfront interface.

Did you try the guests on same host in your environment?

Annie's setup has both the guests running on the same host, in which case
packets are looped back.

If guests does not segment packets for same host case, it should not do segment for different host case. For current upstream, Netback->netfront mechanism does not treat differently for these two cases.


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