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Date:	Wed, 02 Feb 2011 13:03:05 -0800
From:	Shirley Ma <>
To:	"Michael S. Tsirkin" <>
Cc:	Krishna Kumar2 <>,
	David Miller <>,,,,, Sridhar Samudrala <>,
	Steve Dobbelstein <>
Subject: Re: Network performance with small packets

On Wed, 2011-02-02 at 22:17 +0200, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> Well, this is also the only case where the queue is stopped, no?
Yes. I got some debugging data, I saw that sometimes there were so many
packets were waiting for free in guest between vhost_signal & guest xmit
callback. Looks like the time spent too long from vhost_signal to guest
xmit callback?

> > I tried to accumulate multiple guest to host notifications for TX
> xmits,
> > it did help multiple streams TCP_RR results;
> I don't see a point to delay used idx update, do you?

It might cause per vhost handle_tx processed more packets.

> So delaying just signal seems better, right?

I think I need to define the test matrix to collect data for TX xmit
from guest to host here for different tests.

Data to be collected:
1. kvm_stat for VM, I/O exits
2. cpu utilization for both guest and host
3. cat /proc/interrupts on guest
4. packets rate from vhost handle_tx per loop
5. guest netif queue stop rate
6. how many packets are waiting for free between vhost signaling and
guest callback
7. performance results

1. TCP_STREAM single stream test for 1K to 4K message size
2. TCP_RR (64 instance test): 128 - 1K request/response size

Different hacks
1. Base line data ( with the patch to fix capacity check first,
free_old_xmit_skbs returns number of skbs)

2. Drop packet data (will put some debugging in generic networking code)

3. Delay guest netif queue wake up until certain descriptors (1/2 ring
size, 1/4 ring size...) are available once the queue has stopped.

4. Accumulate more packets per vhost signal in handle_tx?

5. 3 & 4 combinations

6. Accumulate more packets per guest kick() (TCP_RR) by adding a timer? 

7. Accumulate more packets per vhost handle_tx() by adding some delay?

> Haven't noticed that part, how does your patch make it
handle more packets?

Added a delay in handle_tx().

What else?

It would take sometimes to do this.


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