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Date:	Wed, 14 Dec 2011 20:36:34 +0100
From:	Paweł Staszewski <>
To:	"John A. Sullivan III" <>
CC:	Eric Dumazet <>,
Subject: Re: IFB and bridges

W dniu 2011-12-12 01:42, John A. Sullivan III pisze:
> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Eric Dumazet"<>
>> To: "John A. Sullivan III"<>
>> Cc:
>> Sent: Sunday, December 11, 2011 5:00:59 PM
>> Subject: Re: IFB and bridges
>> Le dimanche 11 décembre 2011 à 17:38 -0500, John A. Sullivan III a>
>>> I know IFB is often used for ingress but I wasn't really thinking
>>> of
>>> ingress filtering.  Let's say I have a 12 port Linux switch.  If
>>> any
>>> of the ports become backlogged, I want them to prioritize time
>>> sensitive traffic so I implement traffic shaping but I don't want
>>> to
>>> have to define my qdiscs, classes, and filters 12 times over if
>>> they
>>> are all the same.  So I would direct each port to an IFB (not sure
>>> if
>>> that's intolerable overhead), have a single set of qdiscs, classes,
>>> and filters, and, once those are applied, the packet arrives back
>>> on
>>> the same interface and proceeds assuming if has not been dropped or
>>> delayed. - John
>> Really ? How are you going to shape a single IFB device, if you
>> really
>> have independant 12 ports. (Its a switch, not a hub after all)
>> A script can define your qdiscs/classes/filters hundred times, or one
>> thousand times, and writing such a script is far more easier than
>> setup
>> IFB.
> <grin>  That's why I thought I'd ask the experts :) - John
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Also directing all traffic from all 12 ports is not good idea :)
It is performance killer

IFB can't handle too much pps

Also - You can't have too many tc filters/classes on one single IFB 
device because this is also performance killer.

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