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Date:	Thu, 3 Feb 2011 08:16:08 +0200
From:	"Michael S. Tsirkin" <mst@...hat.com>
To:	Shirley Ma <mashirle@...ibm.com>
Cc:	Krishna Kumar2 <krkumar2@...ibm.com>,
	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>, kvm@...r.kernel.org,
	mashirle@...ux.vnet.ibm.com, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
	netdev-owner@...r.kernel.org, Sridhar Samudrala <sri@...ibm.com>,
	Steve Dobbelstein <steved@...ibm.com>
Subject: Re: Network performance with small packets

On Wed, Feb 02, 2011 at 10:09:14PM -0800, Shirley Ma wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-02-03 at 07:59 +0200, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > > Let's look at the sequence here:
> > > 
> > > guest start_xmit()
> > >       xmit_skb()
> > >       if ring is full,
> > >               enable_cb()
> > > 
> > > guest skb_xmit_done()
> > >       disable_cb,
> > >         printk free_old_xmit_skbs <-- it was between more than 1/2
> > to
> > > full ring size
> > >       printk vq->num_free 
> > > 
> > > vhost handle_tx()
> > >       if (guest interrupt is enabled)
> > >               signal guest to free xmit buffers
> > > 
> > > So between guest queue full/stopped queue/enable call back to guest
> > > receives the callback from host to free_old_xmit_skbs, there were
> > about
> > > 1/2 to full ring size descriptors available. I thought there were
> > only a
> > > few. (I disabled your vhost patch for this test.)
> > 
> > 
> > The expected number is vq->num - max skb frags - 2. 
> 
> It was various (up to the ring size 256). This is using indirection
> buffers, it returned how many freed descriptors, not number of buffers.
> 
> Why do you think it is vq->num - max skb frags - 2 here?
> 
> Shirley

well queue is stopped which happens when

        if (capacity < 2+MAX_SKB_FRAGS) {
                netif_stop_queue(dev);
                if (unlikely(!virtqueue_enable_cb(vi->svq))) {
                        /* More just got used, free them then recheck.
 * */
                        capacity += free_old_xmit_skbs(vi);
                        if (capacity >= 2+MAX_SKB_FRAGS) {
                                netif_start_queue(dev);
                                virtqueue_disable_cb(vi->svq);
                        }
                }
        }

This should be the most common case.
I guess the case with += free_old_xmit_skbs is what can get us more.
But it should be rare. Can you count how common it is?

-- 
MST
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