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Date:	Fri, 19 Sep 2008 14:43:27 -0700
From:	"Duyck, Alexander H" <alexander.h.duyck@...el.com>
To:	Jarek Poplawski <jarkao2@...il.com>
CC:	"netdev@...r.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
	"herbert@...dor.apana.org.au" <herbert@...dor.apana.org.au>,
	"davem@...emloft.net" <davem@...emloft.net>,
	"kaber@...sh.net" <kaber@...sh.net>
Subject: RE: [RFC PATCH] sched: only dequeue if packet can be queued to
	hardware queue.

Jarek Poplawski wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 11:01:12AM -0700, Duyck, Alexander H wrote:
> I'm not sure I understand your point. No qdisc will use any new
> q->requeue. All qdisc do dequeue, but on tx fail an skb isn't requeued
> back, but queued by qdisc_restart() in a private list (of root qdisc),
> and then tried before any new dequeuing. There will be no cpu hit,
> because each next try is only skb_peek() on this list, until tx queue
> of an skb at the head is working.

It was me missing a piece.  I didn't look over the portion where Dave
changed requeue to always use the requeue list.  This breaks multiq
and we are right back to the head-of-line blocking.  Also I think patch
1 will break things since queueing a packet with skb->next already set
will cause issues since the queue uses prev and next last I knew.

> Alas this testing is both the weekest (I'm not going to do this), and
> the strongest side of this solution, because it's mostly David's work
> (my patch could be actually skipped without much impact). So, I hope,
> you don't suggest this could be not enough tested or otherwise not the
> best?!
>
> Anyway, I don't insist on "my" solution. I simply think it's
> reasonable, and it's not for private reasons, because I didn't even
> find this out. I think, if it's so wrong you should have no problem
> to show this in one little test. And maybe David changed his mind in
> the meantime and he will choose your way even without this.

I didn't mean to insist on this if it is how it came across.  My main
concern is that I just don't want to break what I just got working.
Most of this requeue to q->requeue stuff will break multiq and
introduce head-of-line blocking.  When That happens it will fall back
into my lap to try to resolve it so that is why I want to avoid it in
the first place.

Anyway I'm out for the next two weeks with at least the first week of
that being without email access.  I hope I provided some valuable
input so that this can head in the right direction.

Thanks,

Alex



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