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Date:	Wed, 20 Jun 2007 12:35:59 -0700
From:	"Prafulla Deuskar" <>
To:	"Jeff Garzik" <>
Cc:	"David Miller" <>,,,
Subject: Re: [NET 00/02]: MACVLAN driver

On 6/19/07, Jeff Garzik <> wrote:
> David Miller wrote:
> > This is actually a real issue for virtualization, and many
> > if not all current generation ethernet chips support
> > programming several unicast ethernet addresses in the MAC.
> >
> > Networking switches in domain0 on virtualization hosts use
> > this feature to support seperate MACs per guest node,
> > and if the chip doesn't support this the chip is put into
> > promiscuous mode.
> >
> > We don't have any clean interfaces by which to do this MAC
> > programming, and we do need something for it soon.
> Yep, that's been on my long term wish list for a while, as well.
> Overall I would like to see a more flexible way of allowing the net
> stack to learn each NIC's RX filter capabilities, and exploiting them.
> Plenty of NICs, even 100Mbps ones, support RX filter management that
> allows scanning for $hw_limit unicast addresses, before having to put
> the hardware into promisc mode.
>        Jeff

So how do we manage mac address to RX queue association?
Ideally we should extend ethtool to do that rather than inventing a
new tool - Is that acceptable?

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