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SubjectRe: [PATCH] net/mlx4_en: ensure rx_desc updating reaches HW before prod db updating
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Hi Eric

On 01/22/2018 12:43 AM, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> On Sun, 2018-01-21 at 18:24 +0200, Tariq Toukan wrote:
>>
>> On 21/01/2018 11:31 AM, Tariq Toukan wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> On 19/01/2018 5:49 PM, Eric Dumazet wrote:
>>>> On Fri, 2018-01-19 at 23:16 +0800, jianchao.wang wrote:
>>>>> Hi Tariq
>>>>>
>>>>> Very sad that the crash was reproduced again after applied the patch.
>>
>> Memory barriers vary for different Archs, can you please share more
>> details regarding arch and repro steps?
>
> Yeah, mlx4 NICs in Google fleet receive trillions of packets per
> second, and we never noticed an issue.
>
> Although we are using a slightly different driver, using order-0 pages
> and fast pages recycling.
>
>
The driver we use will will set the page reference count to (size of pages)/stride, the
pages will be freed by networking stack when the reference become zero, and the order-3
pages maybe allocated soon, this give NIC device a chance to corrupt the pages which have
been allocated by others, such as slab.
In the current version with order-0 and page recycling, maybe the corruption occurred on
the inbound packets sometimes and just cause some bad and invalid packets which will be
dropped.

Thanks
Jianchao

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