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Date:	Mon, 16 May 2016 10:14:04 -0700
From:	John Fastabend <>
To:	Alexander Duyck <>,
	ethan zhao <>
Cc:	"" <>,
	intel-wired-lan <>,
	Netdev <>,
	Ethan Zhao <>
Subject: Re: [Intel-wired-lan] [PATCH] ixgbe: take online CPU number as MQ max
 limit when alloc_etherdev_mq()


>>> ixgbe_main.c.  All you are doing with this patch is denying the user
>>> choice with this change as they then are not allowed to set more
>>   Yes, it is purposed to deny configuration that doesn't benefit.
> Doesn't benefit who?  It is obvious you don't understand how DCB is
> meant to work since you are assuming the queues are throw-away.
> Anyone who makes use of the ability to prioritize their traffic would
> likely have a different opinion.

+1 this is actually needed so that when DCB is turned on we can
see both prioritize between tcs (DCB feature) but also do not
see a performance degradation with just a single TC transmitting.

If we break this (and its happened occasionally) we end up with
bug reports so its clear to me folks care about it.

>>> queues.  Even if they find your decision was wrong for their
>>> configuration.
>>> - Alex
>>  Thanks,
>>  Ethan
> Your response clearly points out you don't understand DCB.  I suggest
> you take another look at how things are actually being configured.  I
> believe what you will find is that the current implementation is
> basing things on the number of online CPUs already based on the
> ring_feature[RING_F_RSS].limit value.  All that is happening is that
> you are getting that value multiplied by the number of TCs and the RSS
> value is reduced if the result is greater than 64 based on the maximum
> number of queues.
> With your code on an 8 core system you go from being able to perform
> RSS over 8 queues to only being able to perform RSS over 1 queue when
> you enable DCB.  There was a bug a long time ago where this actually
> didn't provide any gain because the interrupt allocation was binding
> all 8 RSS queues to a single q_vector, but that has long since been
> fixed and what you should be seeing is that RSS will spread traffic
> across either 8 or 16 queues when DCB is enabled in either 8 or 4 TC
> mode.
> My advice would be to use a netperf TCP_CRR test and watch what queues
> and what interrupts traffic is being delivered to.  Then if you have
> DCB enabled on both ends you might try changing the priority of your
> netperf session and watch what happens when you switch between TCs.
> What you should find is that you will shift between groups of queues
> and as you do so you should not have any active queues overlapping
> unless you have less interrupts than CPUs.



> - Alex
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