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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 net-next 09/11] skbuff: allow to optionally use NAPI cache from __alloc_skb()
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On Wed, 2021-02-10 at 16:30 +0000, Alexander Lobakin wrote:
> Reuse the old and forgotten SKB_ALLOC_NAPI to add an option to get
> an skbuff_head from the NAPI cache instead of inplace allocation
> inside __alloc_skb().
> This implies that the function is called from softirq or BH-off
> context, not for allocating a clone or from a distant node.
>
> Signed-off-by: Alexander Lobakin <alobakin@pm.me>
> ---
> net/core/skbuff.c | 13 +++++++++----
> 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/net/core/skbuff.c b/net/core/skbuff.c
> index 9e1a8ded4acc..750fa1825b28 100644
> --- a/net/core/skbuff.c
> +++ b/net/core/skbuff.c
> @@ -397,15 +397,20 @@ struct sk_buff *__alloc_skb(unsigned int size, gfp_t gfp_mask,
> struct sk_buff *skb;
> u8 *data;
> bool pfmemalloc;
> + bool clone;
>
> - cache = (flags & SKB_ALLOC_FCLONE)
> - ? skbuff_fclone_cache : skbuff_head_cache;
> + clone = !!(flags & SKB_ALLOC_FCLONE);
> + cache = clone ? skbuff_fclone_cache : skbuff_head_cache;
>
> if (sk_memalloc_socks() && (flags & SKB_ALLOC_RX))
> gfp_mask |= __GFP_MEMALLOC;
>
> /* Get the HEAD */
> - skb = kmem_cache_alloc_node(cache, gfp_mask & ~__GFP_DMA, node);
> + if (!clone && (flags & SKB_ALLOC_NAPI) &&
> + likely(node == NUMA_NO_NODE || node == numa_mem_id()))
> + skb = napi_skb_cache_get();
> + else
> + skb = kmem_cache_alloc_node(cache, gfp_mask & ~GFP_DMA, node);
> if (unlikely(!skb))
> return NULL;
> prefetchw(skb);

I hope the opt-in thing would have allowed leaving this code unchanged.
I see it's not trivial avoid touching this code path.
Still I think it would be nice if you would be able to let the device
driver use the cache without touching the above, which is also used
e.g. by the TCP xmit path, which in turn will not leverage the cache
(as it requires FCLONE skbs).

If I read correctly, the above chunk is needed to
allow __napi_alloc_skb() access the cache even for small skb
allocation. Good device drivers should not call alloc_skb() in the fast
path.

What about changing __napi_alloc_skb() to always use
the __napi_build_skb(), for both kmalloc and page backed skbs? That is,
always doing the 'data' allocation in __napi_alloc_skb() - either via
page_frag or via kmalloc() - and than call __napi_build_skb().

I think that should avoid adding more checks in __alloc_skb() and
should probably reduce the number of conditional used
by __napi_alloc_skb().

Thanks!

Paolo

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