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Date:	Fri, 17 Aug 2007 18:28:07 -0700
From:	Stephen Hemminger <shemminger@...ux-foundation.org>
To:	"Kok, Auke" <auke-jan.h.kok@...el.com>
Cc:	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>, netdev@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [RFC] restore netdev_priv optimization (planb)

On Fri, 17 Aug 2007 18:21:25 -0700
"Kok, Auke" <auke-jan.h.kok@...el.com> wrote:

> David Miller wrote:
> > From: Stephen Hemminger <shemminger@...ux-foundation.org>
> > Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 17:49:09 -0700
> > 
> >> Fix optimization of netdev_priv() lost by the addition of multiqueue.
> >>
> >> Only configurations that define MULITQUEUE need the extra overhead in
> >> netdevice structure and the loss of the netdev_priv optimization.
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Stephen Hemminger <shemminger@...ux-foundation.org>
> > 
> > Every distribution vendor is going to turn MULTIQUEUE on.  Therefore
> > %99 of Linux users will not see any gain from your patch.
> > 
> > You're walking around in a dark room and hitting walls every
> > few seconds.  Take a moment and think about how to really deal
> > with this generically for a second before churning out another
> > patch.
> > 
> > For example, how about making the multiqueue limit fixed, say at 64
> > queues, and declare the egress_queues as an array of 64 entries.  Then
> > you can get constant pointer formation for both the netdev priv and
> > the queues.
> 
> this sounds highly optimistic ("64 queues is enough for everyone"?) and probably 
> will be quickly outdated by both hardware and demand...
> 

Plan C was replacing MULTIQUEUE boolean with a int value 1 ... 256.
All this was a one day "what if" exercise, not really a big churn..

-- 
Stephen Hemminger <shemminger@...ux-foundation.org>
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