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SubjectRe: [virtio-dev] Re: [PATCH net-next v2 0/5] virtio: support packed ring
On Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 10:36:26AM -0400, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 05:47:29PM +0800, Jason Wang wrote:
> > On 2018年09月13日 16:59, Tiwei Bie wrote:
> > > > If what you say is true then we should take a careful look
> > > > and not supporting these generic things with packed layout.
> > > > Once we do support them it will be too late and we won't
> > > > be able to get performance back.
> > > I think it's a good point that we don't need to support
> > > everything in packed ring (especially these which would
> > > hurt the performance), as the packed ring aims at high
> > > performance. I'm also wondering about the features. Is
> > > there any possibility that we won't support the out of
> > > order processing (at least not by default) in packed ring?
> > > If I didn't miss anything, the need to support out of order
> > > processing in packed ring will make the data structure
> > > inside the driver not cache friendly which is similar to
> > > the case of the descriptor table in the split ring (the
> > > difference is that, it only happens in driver now).
> >
> > Out of order is not the only user, DMA is another one. We don't have used
> > ring(len), so we need to maintain buffer length somewhere even for in order
> > device.
>
> For a bunch of systems dma unmap is a nop so we do not really
> need to maintain it. It's a question of an API to detect that
> and optimize for it. I posted a proposed patch for that -
> want to try using that?

Yeah, definitely!

>
> > But if it's not too late, I second for a OUT_OF_ORDER feature.
> > Starting from in order can have much simpler code in driver.
> >
> > Thanks
>
> It's tricky to change the flag polarity because of compatibility
> with legacy interfaces. Why is this such a big deal?
>
> Let's teach drivers about IN_ORDER, then if devices
> are in order it will get enabled by default.

Yeah, make sense.

Besides, I have done some further profiling and debugging
both in kernel driver and DPDK vhost. Previously I was mislead
by a bug in vhost code. I will send a patch to fix that bug.
With that bug fixed, the performance of packed ring in the
test between kernel driver and DPDK vhost is better now.
I will send a new series soon. Thanks!

>
> --
> MST

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