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Date:	Wed, 6 Jun 2007 20:47:12 -0400
From:	Jeff Garzik <>
To:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] NET: Multiqueue network device support.

On Wed, Jun 06, 2007 at 04:52:15PM -0700, David Miller wrote:
> For the locking is makes a ton of sense.
> If you have sendmsg() calls going on N cpus, would you rather
> they:
> 1) All queue up to the single netdev->tx_lock
> or
> 2) All take local per-hw-queue locks
> to transmit the data they are sending?
> I thought this was obvious... guess not :-)

Agreed ++

For my part, I definitely want to see parallel Tx as well as parallel Rx.
It's the only thing that makes sense for modern multi-core CPUs.

Two warnings flags are raised in my brain though:

1) you need (a) well-designed hardware _and_ (b) a smart driver writer
to avoid bottlenecking on internal driver locks.  As you can see we have
both (a) and (b) for tg3 ;-)  But it's up in the air whether a
multi-TX-queue scheme can be sanely locked internally on other hardware.

At the moment we have to hope Intel gets it right in their driver...

2) I fear that the getting-it-into-the-Tx-queue part will take some
thought in order to make this happen, too.  Just like you have the
SMP/SMT/Multi-core scheduler scheduling various resources, surely we
will want some smarts so that sockets are not bouncing wildly across
CPUs, absent other factors outside our control.

Otherwise you will negate a lot of the value of the nifty multi-TX-lock
driver API, by bouncing data across CPUs on each transmit anyway.

IOW, you will have to sanely fill each of the TX queues.


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