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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCHv1] xen-netfront: always keep the Rx ring full of requests

On 06/10/14 16:35, annie li wrote:
> On 2014/10/2 9:33, David Vrabel wrote:
>> A full Rx ring only requires 1 MiB of memory.  This is not enough
>> memory that it is useful to dynamically scale the number of Rx
>> requests in the ring based on traffic rates.
>> Keeping the ring full of Rx requests handles bursty traffic better
>> than trying to converges on an optimal number of requests to keep
>> filled.
>> On a 4 core host, an iperf -P 64 -t 60 run from dom0 to a 4 VCPU guest
>> improved from 5.1 Gbit/s to 5.6 Gbit/s.  Gains with more bursty
>> traffic are expected to be higher.
> Although removing sysfs is connected with the code change for full Rx
> ring utilization, I assume it is better to split this patch into two to
> make it simpler?

I don't see how splitting the patch would be an improvement.

>>   +    queue->rx.req_prod_pvt = req_prod;
>> +
>> +    /* Not enough requests? Try again later. */
>> +    if (req_prod - queue->rx.rsp_cons < NET_RX_SLOTS_MIN) {
>> +        mod_timer(&queue->rx_refill_timer, jiffies + (HZ/10));
>> +        return;
> If the previous for loop breaks because of failure of
> xennet_alloc_one_rx_buffer, then notify_remote_via_irq is missed here if
> the code returns directly.

This is deliberate -- there's no point notifying the backend if there
aren't enough requests for the next packet.  Since we don't know what
the next packet might be we assume it's the largest possible.


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