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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 2/3] xen-netback: fix unlimited guest Rx internal queue and carrier flapping

On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 02:08:54PM +0100, David Vrabel wrote:
> Netback needs to discard old to-guest skb's (guest Rx queue drain) and
> it needs detect guest Rx stalls (to disable the carrier so packets are
> discarded earlier), but the current implementation is very broken.
> 1. The check in hard_start_xmit of the slot availability did not
>    consider the number of packets that were already in the guest Rx
>    queue.  This could allow the queue to grow without bound.
>    The guest stops consuming packets and the ring was allowed to fill
>    leaving S slot free.  Netback queues a packet requiring more than S
>    slots (ensuring that the ring stays with S slots free).  Netback
>    queue indefinately packets provided that then require S or fewer
>    slots.
> 2. The Rx stall detection is not triggered in this case since the
>    (host) Tx queue is not stopped.
> 3. If the Tx queue is stopped and a guest Rx interrupt occurs, netback
>    will consider this an Rx purge event which may result in it taking
>    the carrier down unnecessarily.  It also considers a queue with
>    only 1 slot free as unstalled (even though the next packet might
>    not fit in this).
> The internal guest Rx queue is limited by a byte length (to 512 Kib,
> enough for half the ring).  The (host) Tx queue is stopped and started
> based on this limit.  This sets an upper bound on the amount of memory
> used by packets on the internal queue.
> This allows the estimatation of the number of slots for an skb to be
> removed (it wasn't a very good estimate anyway).  Instead, the guest

+1 for this.

> Rx thread just waits for enough free slots for a maximum sized packet.
> skbs queued on the internal queue have an 'expires' time (set to the
> current time plus the drain timeout).  The guest Rx thread will detect
> when the skb at the head of the queue has expired and discard expired
> skbs.  This sets a clear upper bound on the length of time an skb can
> be queued for.  For a guest being destroyed the maximum time needed to
> wait for all the packets it sent to be dropped is still the drain
> timeout (10 s) since it will not be sending new packets.
> Rx stall detection is reintroduced in a later commit.
> Signed-off-by: David Vrabel <david.vrabel@xxxxxxxxxx>

Reviewed-by: Wei Liu <wei.liu2@xxxxxxxxxx>

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