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SubjectRe: 2.6.24-rc2: Network commit causes SLUB performance regression with tbench
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On Wednesday 14 November 2007 22:48, Herbert Xu wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 03:10:22AM -0800, David Miller wrote:
> > So the thing that's being effected here in TCP is
> > net/ipv4/tcp.c:select_size(), specifically the else branch:
>
> Thanks for the pointer. Indeed there is a bug in that area.
> I'm not sure whether it's causing the problem at hand but it's
> certainly suboptimal.
>
> [TCP]: Fix size calculation in sk_stream_alloc_pskb

This looks like it fixes the problem!

Still interested to know why SLAB didn't see the same thing...


> We round up the header size in sk_stream_alloc_pskb so that
> TSO packets get zero tail room. Unfortunately this rounding
> up is not coordinated with the select_size() function used by
> TCP to calculate the second parameter of sk_stream_alloc_pskb.
>
> As a result, we may allocate more than a page of data in the
> non-TSO case when exactly one page is desired.
>
> In fact, rounding up the head room is detrimental in the non-TSO
> case because it makes memory that would otherwise be available to
> the payload head room. TSO doesn't need this either, all it wants
> is the guarantee that there is no tail room.
>
> So this patch fixes this by adjusting the skb_reserve call so that
> exactly the requested amount (which all callers have calculated in
> a precise way) is made available as tail room.
>
> Signed-off-by: Herbert Xu <herbert@gondor.apana.org.au>
>
> Cheers,
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