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SubjectRe: [PATCH V5 2/6 net-next] netdevice.h: Add zero-copy flag in netdevice
On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 03:49:40PM -0700, Shirley Ma wrote:
> On Fri, 2011-05-20 at 02:41 +0300, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > So the requirements are
> > - data must be released in a timely fashion (e.g. unlike virtio-net
> > tun or bridge)
> The current patch doesn't enable tun zero-copy. tun will copy data It's
> not an issue now.
> We can disallow macvtap attach to bridge when
> zero-copy is enabled.

Attach macvtap to a tun device though. Or e.g. veth device ...
So there should be so generic way to disable zerocopy.
It can either be a whitelist or a blacklist.

>
> > - SG support
> > - HIGHDMA support (on arches where this makes sense)
>
> This can be checked by device flags.

OK, but pls note that SG can get turned off dynamically.

> > - no filtering based on data (data is mapped in guest)
>
> > - on fast path no calls to skb_copy, skb_clone, pskb_copy,
> > pskb_expand_head as these are slow
>
> Any calls to skb_copy, skb_clone, pskb_copy, pskb_expand_head will do a
> copy. The performance should be the same as none zero-copy case before.

I'm guessing a copy is cheaper than get_user_pages+copy+put_page.
But maybe not by much. Care checking that?

> I have done/tested the patch V6, will send it out for review tomorrow.
>
> I am looking at where there are some cases, skb remains the same for
> filtering.

To reliably filter on data I think we'll need to copy it first, otherwise
guest can change it. Most filters only look at the header though.

> > First 2 requirements are a must, all other requirements
> > are just dependencies to make sure zero copy will be faster
> > than non zero copy.
> > Using a new feature bit is probably the simplest approach to
> > this. macvtap on top of most physical NICs most likely works
> > correctly so it seems a bit more work than it needs to be,
> > but it's also the safest one I think ...
>
> For "macvtap/vhost zero-copy" we can use SG & HIGHDMA to enable it, it
> looks safe to me once patching skb_copy, skb_clone, pskb_copy,
> pskb_expand_head.
>
> To extend zero-copy in other usages, we can have a new feature bit
> later.
>
> Is that reasonable?
>
> Thanks
> Shirley

Is the problem is extra work needed to extend feature bits?

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