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SubjectRE: [PATCH 1/2] NET: Multiple queue network device support
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jarek Poplawski [mailto:jarkao2@o2.pl]
> Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 1:58 AM
> To: Thomas Graf
> Cc: Kok, Auke-jan H; David Miller; Garzik, Jeff;
> netdev@vger.kernel.org; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org;
> Waskiewicz Jr, Peter P; Brandeburg, Jesse; Kok, Auke; Ronciak, John
> Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] NET: Multiple queue network device support
>
> On 09-03-2007 14:40, Thomas Graf wrote:
> > * Kok, Auke <auke-jan.h.kok@intel.com> 2007-02-08 16:09
> >> diff --git a/net/core/dev.c b/net/core/dev.c index
> 455d589..42b635c
> >> 100644
> >> --- a/net/core/dev.c
> >> +++ b/net/core/dev.c
> >> @@ -1477,6 +1477,49 @@ gso:
> >> skb->tc_verd = SET_TC_AT(skb->tc_verd,AT_EGRESS);
> >> #endif
> >> if (q->enqueue) {
> >> +#ifdef CONFIG_NET_MULTI_QUEUE_DEVICE
> >> + int queue_index;
> >> + /* If we're a multi-queue device, get a queue
> index to lock */
> >> + if (netif_is_multiqueue(dev))
> >> + {
> >> + /* Get the queue index and lock it. */
> >> + if (likely(q->ops->map_queue)) {
> >> + queue_index = q->ops->map_queue(skb, q);
> >> +
> spin_lock(&dev->egress_subqueue[queue_index].queue_lock);
> >> + rc = q->enqueue(skb, q);
>
> I'm not sure Dave Miller thought about this place, when he
> proposed to save the mapping, but I think this could be not
> enough. This place is racy: ->map_queue() is called 2 times
> and with some filters (and
> policies/actions) results could differ. And of course the
> subqueue lock doesn't prevent any filter from a config change
> in the meantime.
>
> After second reading of this patch I have doubts it's the
> proper way to solve the problem: there are many subqueues but
> we need a top queue (prio here) to mange them, anyway. So,
> why not to build this functionality directly into the queue?
> There is no difference for a device if skbs are going from
> the subqueue or a class, it is only interested in the mapping
> result and a possibility to stop and start a subqueue and to
> query its status. All this could be done by adding the
> callbacks directly to any classful scheduler or, if not
> enough, to write some specialized qdisc based on prio. The
> possibility to lock only a subqueue instead of a queue could
> be analized independently - current proposal doesn't solve
> this anyway.
>
> Regards,
> Jarek P.
>

Thanks again for the feedback. Given some discussions I had last week
in the office and the general feedback here, I'm going to remove the new
per-queue locking and leave the start/stop functions for each queue and
combine entry points for hard_start_xmit(). I'll get this out asap for
review once it's been tested here. If we see issues in the future with
lock contention on the queues, we can revisit the per-queue locking.

Cheers,
-PJ Waskiewicz
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