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Date:	Fri, 1 May 2009 16:09:40 -0400
From:	Neil Horman <nhorman@...driver.com>
To:	Jay Vosburgh <fubar@...ibm.com>
Cc:	Andy Gospodarek <andy@...yhouse.net>, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
	bonding-devel@...ts.sourceforge.net
Subject: Re: [PATCH] bonding: add mark mode

> 
> 	If I'm not misunderstanding the purpose of the mode, I think
> it's etherchannel compatible (meaning that the switch has to be
> configured), so I'm not sure why there would ever be a need to flood
> packets to all ports.
> 
It entirely possible that there may be no need to flood frames, I was just
asking the question.  And while it is possible that this might be etherchannel
compatible (in fact I agree, it does look compatible), I can see uses for it
beyond that (active-backup with traffic-class load balancing for example).

> 	I think this would be generally be better a special hash policy,
> in which case both the etherchannel (balance-xor) and 802.3ad modes
> could take advantage of it.  I'd hazard to guess that Andy thought about
> that, too, so what was the impediment?
> 

I honestly don't know, although I will say that making a special hash mode for
balance-xor seems a bit odd, since the implication there would be that output
port was no longer chosen by an xor operation.
Neil

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