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SubjectRe: [BUG] ATA over Ethernet __init calling __exit
Andi Kleen <> writes:

> On Thu, Jan 13, 2005 at 03:52:05PM -0500, Ed L Cashin wrote:
>> Andi Kleen <> writes:
>> ...
>> > In general I think it was a bad idea to merge this driver at all.
>> > The protocol is obviously broken by design - they use a 16 bit sequence
>> > number space which has been proven for many years (in ip fragmentation)
>> > to be far too small for modern network performance.
>> While that experience may apply well to IP, this is a non-IP protocol
>> for a single LAN. For any given AoE device, there are only a few
>> outstanding packets at any given time.
>> For existing AoE devices that number of outstanding packets is only
>> three! So, with only three packets on the wire at any time for a
>> given device, 16 bits is overkill. In fact, the AoE protocol allows
>> the AoE device to specify how many outstanding packets it supports.
>> That number is only 16 bits wide.
>> If it ever did become desirable, we could use a couple more bits for
> It likely will if someone ever adds significant write cache to such
> devices.
>> the sequence number by borrowing from the low bits of jiffies that we
>> use to estimate the RTT, but it doesn't seem likely to ever be
>> desirable.
> Can this be done now?

It seems rash to make the change now, because there is no need for it.

>> > Also the memory allocation without preallocation in the block write
>> > out path looks quite broken too and will most likely will lead to deadlocks
>> > under high load.
>> >
>> > (I wrote a detailed review when it was posted but apparently it
>> > disappeared or I never got any answer at least)
>> I think you're talking about your suggestion that the skb allocation
>> could lead to a deadlock. If I'm correct, this issue is similar to
>> the one that led us to create a mempool for the buf structs we use.
> For the skbuffs? I don't think it's possible to preallocate them
> because the network stack (intentionally) misses hooks to give
> them back to you.

For the skbuffs, we could use a mempool with GFP_NOIO allocation and
then skb_get them before the network layer ever sees them. We already
keep track of the packets that we've sent out, so we'll just keep a
pointer to the skbuffs.

> BTW iirc your submit patch did too much allocations anyways because
> in modern Linux skbs you can just stick a pointer to the page
> into the skb when the device announces NETIF_F_SG.

I thought there was some shared information at the end of the data,
but that's interesting, thanks. I'll look into it.

Ed L Cashin <>

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