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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 1/3] virtio_net: Split receive buffer alloc/add
On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 5:30 PM, Rusty Russell <> wrote:
> On Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:41:01 -0800, Mike Waychison <> wrote:
>> In preparation for allocating receive buffers in the slow path without
>> disabling NAPI, split the allocation and addition of receive buffers
>> apart into two separate functions (per receive buffer type).
>> While here, move the vi->num accounting into the add functions.
>> Signed-off-by: Mike Waychison <>
> Hi Mike...
>        This exposes a nasty ugliness in the way virtio_net works.  We
> allocate an skbuff for the small packet case, and just allocate the
> pages for the large packet cases, and alloc the skbuff when we fill the
> pages.
>        I think all the allocators should return a populated skbuff;
> this uses a bit more memory in theory, but should make the code simpler.
> As an added bonus, your life should get much simpler for these patches.
> I'll try to create such a patch tonight, but I'm busy finalizing my
> presentation, so it might take longer :(

This seems reasonable for the "big" receive buffers, but I don't think
it makes a lot of sense for "mergeable" receive buffers as best I can
tell. Hopefully making this work isn't too hard though :)
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