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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/1] Defer skb allocation for both mergeable buffers and big packets in virtio_net
On Fri, 20 Nov 2009 04:39:19 pm Shirley Ma wrote:
> Guest virtio_net receives packets from its pre-allocated vring
> buffers, then it delivers these packets to upper layer protocols
> as skb buffs. So it's not necessary to pre-allocate skb for each
> mergable buffer, then frees it when it's useless.
> This patch has deferred skb allocation when receiving packets for
> both big packets and mergeable buffers. It reduces skb pre-allocations
> and skb_frees.
> Based on Mickael & Avi's suggestion. A destroy function has been created
> to push virtio free buffs to vring for unused pages, and used page private
> to maintain page list.
> I didn't touch small packet skb allocation to avoid extra copies for small
> packets.
> This patch has tested and measured against 2.6.32-rc5 git. It is built again
> 2.6.32-rc7 kernel. Tests have been done for small packets, big packets and
> mergeable buffers.
> The single netperf TCP_STREAM performance improved for host to guest.
> It also reduces UDP packets drop rate.
> The netperf laptop results were:
> mtu=1500
> netperf -H xxx -l 120
> w/o patch w/i patch (two runs)
> guest to host: 3336.84Mb/s 3730.14Mb/s ~ 3582.88Mb/s
> host to guest: 3165.10Mb/s 3370.39Mb/s ~ 3407.96Mb/s


Is this using mergeable_rx_bufs? Or just big_packets?

I'd like to drop big packet support from our driver, but I don't know
how many kvm hosts will not offer mergable rx bufs yet. Anthony?


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