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SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] [PATCH net-next RFC 0/5] xen-netback: TX grant mapping instead of copy
On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 03:16:17PM -0400, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 12:50:15AM +0000, Zoltan Kiss wrote:
> > A long known problem of the upstream netback implementation that on the TX
> > path (from guest to Dom0) it copies the whole packet from guest memory into
> > Dom0. That simply became a bottleneck with 10Gb NICs, and generally it's a
> > huge perfomance penalty. The classic kernel version of netback used grant
> > mapping, and to get notified when the page can be unmapped, it used page
> > destructors. Unfortunately that destructor is not an upstreamable solution.
> > Ian Campbell's skb fragment destructor patch series
> > (http://lwn.net/Articles/491522/) tried to solve this problem, however it
> > seems to be very invasive on the network stack's code, and therefore haven't
> > progressed very well.
> > This patch series use SKBTX_DEV_ZEROCOPY flags to tell the stack it needs to
> > know when the skb is freed up. That is the way KVM solved the same problem,
> > and based on my initial tests it can do the same for us. Avoiding the extra
> > copy boosted up TX throughput from 6.8 Gbps to 7.9 (I used a slower
> > Interlagos box, both Dom0 and guest on upstream kernel, on the same NUMA node,
> > running iperf 2.0.5, and the remote end was a bare metal box on the same 10Gb
> > switch)
> > Based on my investigations the packet get only copied if it is delivered to
> > Dom0 stack, which is due to this patch:
> > https://lkml.org/lkml/2012/7/20/363
> > That's a bit unfortunate, but as far as I know for the huge majority this use
> > case is not too important. There are a couple of things which need more
> > polishing, see the FIXME comments. I will run some more extensive tests, but
> > in the meantime I would like to hear comments about what I've done so far.
> > I've tried to broke it down to smaller patches, with mixed results, so I
> > welcome suggestions on that part as well:
> > 1/5: Introduce TX grant map definitions
> > 2/5: Change TX path from grant copy to mapping
> > 3/5: Remove old TX grant copy definitons
> > 4/5: Fix indentations
> > 5/5: Change RX path for mapped SKB fragments
>
> Odd. I don't see #5 patch patch?

Ah, you have two #4 patches:

[PATCH net-next RFC 4/5] xen-netback: Change RX path for mapped SKB fragments
[PATCH net-next RFC 4/5] xen-netback: Fix indentations

!
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Zoltan Kiss <zoltan.kiss@citrix.com>
> >
> >
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> > http://lists.xen.org/xen-devel


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