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    SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v1 2/2] virtio_net: Don't disable napi on low memory.
    On Fri, 6 Jan 2012 09:54:46 -0800, Mike Waychison <> wrote:
    > On Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 6:46 PM, Mike Waychison <> wrote:
    > > On Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 4:31 PM, Rusty Russell <> wrote:
    > >> 4) You use the skb data for the linked list; use the skb head's list.
    > What did you mean by this? I was under the impression that the ->next
    > and ->prev fields in sk_buff were the first two elements specifically
    > so that the pointer could be treated as a list_head. If it's the cast
    > in particular that you have an objection with, I can easily change
    > this to a singly linked list threaded through ->next if that's
    > cleaner.

    Yep, I saw the cast and misread your code. I could have sworn that skb
    used a real list_head these days, but I'm wrong.

    > >>
    > >> Instead, here's how I think it should be done:
    > ...
    > >
    > > This sounds reasonable to me.  I'll see what I can muster together this week.
    > >
    > So I started implementing it the way you were mentioning, and ran into
    > a problem with the original patchset.
    > Currently the "mergeable" and "big" receive buffers use a private page
    > free list (virtnet_info->pages) which has no synchronization itself.
    > This means that the batched version can't use get_a_page() and
    > give_pages() as is, which reduces the need to re-use the same alloc
    > halves that I've split. Alternatives I can think of at this point:
    > - pass in a flag to the allocators like "bool is_serial" that is true
    > if we are serializing with napi, (which determines if we can much with
    > vi->pages)
    > or
    > - not use the same allocators for the "mergeable" and "big" paths.
    > The mergeable allocator in the non-serialized case reduces to
    > alloc_page(), while the big allocator looks like a copy and paste that
    > uses alloc_page instead of get_a_page().
    > Preferences? I'll code one of the two up and see what it looks like.

    Whatever results in a cleaner driver, I'm happy.

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