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SubjectRe: [openib-general] [PATCH v2 1/2] iWARP Connection Manager.
On Tue, 2006-06-13 at 16:46 -0500, Steve Wise wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-06-13 at 14:36 -0700, Sean Hefty wrote:
> > >> It will lose this event. Depending on the event...the carnage
> > >> varies. We'll take a look at this.
> > >>
> > >
> > >This behavior is consistent with the Infiniband CM (see
> > >drivers/infiniband/core/cm.c function cm_recv_handler()). But I think
> > >we should at least log an error because a lost event will usually stall
> > >the rdma connection.
> >
> > I believe that there's a difference here. For the Infiniband CM, an allocation
> > error behaves the same as if the received MAD were lost or dropped. Since MADs
> > are unreliable anyway, it's not so much that an IB CM event gets lost, as it
> > doesn't ever occur. A remote CM should retry the send, which hopefully allows
> > the connection to make forward progress.
> >
> hmm. Ok. I see. I misunderstood the code in cm_recv_handler().
> Tom and I have been talking about what we can do to not drop the event.
> Stay tuned.

Here's a simple solution that solves the problem:

For any given cm_id, there are a finite (and small) number of
outstanding CM events that can be posted. So we just pre-allocate them
when the cm_id is created and keep them on a free list hanging off of
the cm_id struct. Then the event handler function will pull from this
free list.

The only case where there is any non-finite issue is on the passive
listening cm_id. Each incoming connection request will consume a work
struct. So based on client connects, we could run out of work structs.
However, the CMA has the concept of a backlog, which is defined as the
max number of pending unaccepted connection requests. So we allocate
these work structs based on that number (or a computation based on that
number), and if we run out, we simply drop the incoming connection
request due to backlog overflow (I suggest we log the drop event too).
When a MPA connection request is dropped, the (IETF conforming) MPA
client will eventually time out the connection and the consumer can


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