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SubjectRe: NETIF_F_(SG|FRAGLIST|HIGHDMA) docs anywhere?
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Hello!

> so i guess supporting at least scatter/gather
> should give some performance improvements in order to get rid of
> skb_linearize() on xmit?

I beg pardon but before strating to fight problems, it is necessary
to force kernel to prepare something different of linear skbs. :-)

What's about checksumming? Do you plan to ignore it?


> since transmission is done completely by the
> local cpu, all of F_SG/FRAGLIST/HIGHDMA look relatively easy to
> implemement to me.=20

I see no connection between "cpu locality" and frgamtn hadling at all.


> frag_list seems to be the list involved with keeping track of ip
> fragmentation. so dev->hard_start_xmit() with frag_list set would only
> happen on routers or when??

In stock kernels: _never_. Packets are not defragmented by routers,
and netfilter linearizes everything in any case.

Anyway, if the driver is able to provide some facility, why not to do this?

> when is nr_frags>0? i've found some postings indicating sendfile(2) will
> benefit here. is this the only case?

Yes.

Which means that the task is not so sexy. :-)

Alexey
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