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Date:	Mon, 23 Jul 2007 11:57:07 +0530
From:	Krishna Kumar2 <>
To:	Sridhar Samudrala <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 02/10] Networking include file changes.

Hi Sridhar,

Sridhar Samudrala <> wrote on 07/23/2007 11:29:39 AM:

> Krishna Kumar2 wrote:
> > Hi Sridhar,
> >
> > Sridhar Samudrala <> wrote on 07/20/2007 10:55:05 PM:
> >>> diff -ruNp org/include/net/pkt_sched.h new/include/net/pkt_sched.h
> >>> --- org/include/net/pkt_sched.h   2007-07-20 07:49:28.000000000 +0530
> >>> +++ new/include/net/pkt_sched.h   2007-07-20 08:30:22.000000000 +0530
> >>> @@ -80,13 +80,13 @@ extern struct qdisc_rate_table *qdisc_ge
> >>>        struct rtattr *tab);
> >>>  extern void qdisc_put_rtab(struct qdisc_rate_table *tab);
> >>>
> >>> -extern void __qdisc_run(struct net_device *dev);
> >>> +extern void __qdisc_run(struct net_device *dev, struct sk_buff_head
> > *blist);
> >> Why do we need this additional 'blist' argument?
> >> Is this different from dev->skb_blist?
> >
> > It is the same, but I want to call it mostly with NULL and rarely with
> > batch list pointer (so it is related to your other question). My
> > code didn't have this and was trying batching in all cases. But in most
> > xmit's (probably almost all), there will be only one packet in the
queue to
> > send and batching will never happen. When there is a lock contention or
> > the queue is stopped, then the next iteration will find >1 packets. But
> > still will try no batching for the lock failure case as there be
> > 2 packets (one from previous time and 1 from this time, or 3 if two
> > failures,
> > etc), and try batching only when queue was stopped from net_tx_action
> > was based on Dave Miller's idea).
> Is this right to say that the above change is to get this behavior?
>    If qdisc_run() is called from dev_queue_xmit() don't use batching.
>    If qdisc_run() is called from net_tx_action(), do batching.


> Isn't it possible to have multiple skb's in the qdisc queue in the
> first case?

It is possible but rarer (so unnecessary checking most of the time). From
net_tx_action you are guaranteed to have multiple skbs, but from xmit you
will almost always get one skb (since most send of 1 skb will go out OK).
And also in the xmit path, it is more likely to have few skbs compared to
possibly hundreds in the net_tx_action path.

> If this additional argument is used to indicate if we should do batching
> or not, then passing a flag may be much more cleaner than passing the

OK, I will add this as another action item to check (along with Patrick's
suggestion to use single API) and will get back.

- KK

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