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SubjectRe: [[PATCH v1] 02/37] [CIFS] SMBD: Add structure for SMBD transport
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Hi Long,

>> It seems that the new transport is tied to it's caller regarding structures and
>> naming conventions.
>>
>> I think it would be better to strictly separate them, as I'd like to use the
>> SMBDirect transport also from the userspace for the client side e.g. in
>> Samba's '[lib]smbclient', but also in Samba's server side code 'smbd'.
>
> Thank you for reviewing the patch set.
>
> I think it is possible to separate the common code that implements the SMBDirect transport. There are some challenges to reuse the same code for both kernel and user spaces.
> 1. Kernel mode RDMA verbs are similar but different to user-mode ones.
> 2. Some RDMA features (e.g Fast Registration Work Request) are not available in user-mode.
> 3. Locking and synchronization mechanism is different
> 4. Memory management is different.
> 5. Process creation/scheduling and data sharing between processes are different, and there is no user-mode code running in interrupt/softirq.
>
> Those needs to be abstracted through a layer, the rest of the code can be shared. I can work on this after patch set is reviewed.

I guess this is a misunderstanding...

I don't want to use that code and run it in userspace,
I have a userspace prototype more or less working here, see
https://git.samba.org/?p=metze/samba/wip.git;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/master3-rdma
and
https://git.samba.org/?p=metze/samba/wip.git;a=blob;f=libcli/smb/smb_direct.c;h=9cc0d861ccfcbb4df9ef6ad85a7fe3d262e549c0;hb=85d46de6fdbba041d3e8004af46865a72d2b8405

I goal is that we'll have an api that allows userspace
code to use the kernel code SMBDirect code. This
userspace code would get a file descriptor from the kernel
and would be able to use it similar to a tcp socket.
If the kernel would simulate the 4 byte length header,
it's trivial to get to a stage were smbclient and smbd
are able to support SMBDirect without much changes.
We only need to replace connect(), listen(), accept() and a few more
by SMBDirect versions.

For the real data transfer we might be able to use memfd_create()
or something similar to share the buffers between userspace and kernel.

I guess this is a long way, but having the basic SMBDirect code in
dependently in the kernel would help a lot.

>> Would it be possible to isolate this in
>> smb_direct.c and smb_direct.h while using
>> smb_direct_* prefixes for structures and functions? Also avoiding the usage
>> of other headers from fs/cifs/*.h, expect for something generic like nterr.h.
>
> Sure I will make naming changes and clean up the header files.

Thanks!

>> I guess 'struct cifs_rdma_info' would then be 'struct smb_direct_connection'.
>> And it won't have a reference to struct TCP_Server_Info.
>
> I will look for ways to remove reference to struct TCP_Server_Info . The reason why it has a reference to TCP_Server_Info is that: TCP_Server_Info represents a transport connection, although it also has many other TCP related code. SMBD needs to get to this connection TCP_Server_Info and set the transport status on shutdown (and maybe other situations).
>

Wouldn't it be better to provide a way to ask for the connection state
and let the caller ask for the state instead of changing the callers
structure?

metze

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