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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Traffic control cgroups subsystem
* Ranjit Manomohan <> 2008-07-22 10:44
> The implementation consists of two parts:
> 1) A resource controller (cgroup_tc) that is used to associate packets from
> a particular task belonging to a cgroup with a traffic control class id (
> tc_classid). This tc_classid is propagated to all sockets created by
> tasks
> in the cgroup and will be used for classifying packets at the link layer.
> 2) A modified traffic control classifier (cls_flow) that can classify
> packets
> based on the tc_classid field in the socket to specific destination
> classes.
> An example of the use of this resource controller would be to limit
> the traffic from all tasks from a file_server cgroup to 100Mbps. We could
> achieve this by doing:
> # make a cgroup of file transfer processes and assign it a uniqe classid
> # of 0x10 - this will be used lated to direct packets.
> mkdir -p /dev/cgroup
> mount -t cgroup tc -otc /dev/cgroup
> mkdir /dev/cgroup/file_transfer
> echo 0x10 > /dev/cgroup/file_transfer/tc.classid
> echo $PID_OF_FILE_XFER_PROCESS > /dev/cgroup/file_transfer/tasks
> # Now create a HTB class that rate limits traffic to 100mbits and attach
> # a filter to direct all traffic from cgroup file_transfer to this new
> class.
> tc qdisc add dev eth0 root handle 1: htb
> tc class add dev eth0 parent 1: classid 1:10 htb rate 100mbit ceil 100mbit
> tc filter add dev eth0 parent 1: handle 800 protocol ip prio 1 flow map key
> cgroup-classid baseclass 1:10

It might have been easier to simply write a classifier which maps pids
to classes. The interface could be as simple as two nested attributes,
ADD_MAPS, REMOVE_MAPS which both take lists of pid->class mappings to
either add or remove from the classifier.

I have been working on this over the past 2 weeks, it includes the
classifier as just stated, a cgroup module which sends notifications
about events as netlink messages and a daemon which creates qdiscs,
classes and filters on the fly according to the configured distribution.
It works both ingress (with some tricks) and egress.

IMHO, there is no point in a cgroup interface if the user has to create
qdiscs, classes and filters manually anyway.

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