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Date:	Wed, 04 Jul 2007 13:04:10 +0200
From:	Stefan Richter <>
To:	David Miller <>
CC:, Yinghai.Lu@....COM,,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/4] net: use numa_node in net_devcice->dev instead of

David Miller wrote:
> From: Christoph Hellwig <>
> Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2007 09:51:20 +0100
>> On Tue, Jul 03, 2007 at 05:30:51PM -0700, Yinghai Lu wrote:
>> >  struct sk_buff *__netdev_alloc_skb(struct net_device *dev,
>> >  		unsigned int length, gfp_t gfp_mask)
>> >  {
>> > -	int node = dev->dev.parent ? dev_to_node(dev->dev.parent) : -1;
>> > +	int node = dev_to_node(&dev->dev);
>> This looks wrong to me unless the device model has once again changed
>> silently.  When I wrote this code &dev->dev was a device allocated
>> as part of the netdevice and the parent is the pci (or whatever) device
>> that has the node information.
> Correct, this change is completely bogus.

I've got a question from a network driver writer's perspective:  In
drivers which sit on top of a midlayer/ multi-protocol infrastructure,
should dev->dev.parent be the lowlevel's or the midlayer's

(Example:  eth1394 network driver sits on top of ieee1394 = FireWire
midlayer, this sits on top of ohci1394 = PCI driver for FireWire

I guess it should be the lowlevel's, unless the midlayer
cares to set
  set_dev_node(&, dev_to_node(;

And either way, for full effect of NUMA awareness in the highlevel
network driver, the midlayer should be NUMA aware too...
Stefan Richter
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