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SubjectRe: [PATCHv2 0/2] vhost: a kernel-level virtio server
On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 07:56:05AM -0400, Gregory Haskins wrote:
> Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > On Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 07:49:37PM -0400, Gregory Haskins wrote:
> >> Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> >>> This implements vhost: a kernel-level backend for virtio,
> >>> The main motivation for this work is to reduce virtualization
> >>> overhead for virtio by removing system calls on data path,
> >>> without guest changes. For virtio-net, this removes up to
> >>> 4 system calls per packet: vm exit for kick, reentry for kick,
> >>> iothread wakeup for packet, interrupt injection for packet.
> >>>
> >>> Some more detailed description attached to the patch itself.
> >>>
> >>> The patches are against 2.6.31-rc4. I'd like them to go into linux-next
> >>> and down the road 2.6.32 if possible. Please comment.
> >> I will add this series to my benchmark run in the next day or so. Any
> >> specific instructions on how to set it up and run?
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >> -Greg
> >>
> >
> > 1. use a dedicated network interface with SRIOV, program mac to match
> > that of guest (for testing, you can set promisc mode, but that is
> > bad for performance)
>
> Are you saying SRIOV is a requirement, and I can either program the
> SRIOV adapter with a mac or use promis? Or are you saying I can use
> SRIOV+programmed mac OR a regular nic + promisc (with a perf penalty).

SRIOV is not a requirement. And you can also use a dedicated
nic+programmed mac if you are so inclined.

> > 2. disable tso,gso,lro with ethtool
>
> Out of curiosity, wouldnt you only need to disable LRO on the adapter,
> since the other two (IIUC) are transmit path and are therefore
> influenced by the skb's you generate in vhost?

Hmm, makes sense. I'll check this and let you know.

>
> > 3. add vhost=ethX
>
> You mean via "ip link" I assume?

No, that's a new flag for virtio in qemu:

-net nic,model=virtio,vhost=veth0

> Regards,
> -Greg
>




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