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Date:	Fri, 11 May 2007 11:37:07 +0530
From:	Krishna Kumar2 <>
To:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [RFC] New driver API to speed up small packets xmits

Hi Dave,

David Miller <> wrote on 05/11/2007 02:27:07 AM:

> > I don't understand how transmitting already batched up packets in one
> > introduce latency.
> Keep thinking :-)
> The only case where these ideas can be seriously considered is during
> netif_wake_queue().  In all other cases we go straight to the device
> from sendmsg(), since there is space in the TX ring, and we should
> not try to batch as that will add latency.

I am not very clear about this, you are saying latency will increase
due to old packets not being cache-warm ?

But the existing code will do exactly the same thing as what I am
proposing, except it will iterate over all the packets one by one.
So will batching them make latency worse ?

In the sendmsg case you wrote above (is it tcp_transmit_skb), it will
still come via IP (through dst_output) ?

I would like to try your idea if you are sure it will reduce latency.


- KK

> So maybe find a solution in that area, some new driver interface that
> can suck N packets out of a qdisc when netif_wake_queue() occurs.
> If you look at the contexts in which netif_wake_queue() is called,
> it's perfect, it already has the TX state of the driver locked, it has
> the TX descriptor head/tail pointers handy, etc. and it's already
> taken all the cache misses needed in order to work with this state.

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