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Date:	Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:19:37 -0800
From:	Michael Dalton <>
To:	"Michael S. Tsirkin" <>
Cc:	Jason Wang <>,
	"David S. Miller" <>,,
	Eric Dumazet <>,
	Rusty Russell <>,
	lf-virt <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v2 4/4] virtio-net: initial debugfs support,
 export mergeable rx buffer size

Hi Jason, Michael

Sorry for the delay in response. Jason, I agree this patch ended up
being larger than expected. The major implementation parts are:
(1) Setup directory structure (driver/per-netdev/rx-queue directories)
(2) Network device renames (optional, so debugfs dir has the right name)
(3) Support resizing the # of RX queues (optional - we could just export
    max_queue_pairs files and not delete files if an RX queue is disabled)
(4) Reference counting - used in case someone opens a debugfs
    file and then removes the virtio-net device.
(5) The actual mergeable rx buffer file implementation itself. For now
    I have added a seqcount for memory safety, but if a read-only race
    condition is acceptable we could elide the seqcount. FWIW, the
    seqcount write in receive_mergeable() should, on modern x86,
    translate to two non-atomic adds and two compiler barriers, so
    overhead is not expected to be meaningful.

We can move to sysfs and this would simplify or eliminate much of the
above, including most of (1) - (4). I believe our choices for what to
do for the next patchset include:
(a) Use debugfs as is currently done, removing any optional features
listed above that are deemed unnecessary.

(b) Add a per-netdev sysfs attribute group to net_device->sysfs_groups.
Each attribute would display the mergeable packet buffer size for a given
RX queue, and there would be max_queue_pairs attributes in total. This
is already supported by net/core/net-sysfs.c:netdev_register_kobject(),
but means that we would have a static set of per-RX queue files for
all RX queues supported by the netdev, rather than dynamically displaying
only the files corresponding to enabled RX queues (e.g., when # of RX
queues is changed by  ethtool -L <device>).  For an example of this
approach, see drivers/net/bonding/bond_sysfs.c.

(c) Modify struct netdev_rx_queue to add virtio-net EWMA fields directly,
and modify net-sysfs.c to manage the new fields. Unlike (b), this approach
supports the RX queue resizing in (3) but means putting virtio-net info
in netdev_rx_queue, which currently has only device-independent fields.

My preference would be (b): try using sysfs and adding a device-specific
attribute group to the virtio-net netdevice (stored in the existing
'sysfs_groups' field and supported by net-sysfs).  This would avoid
adding virtio-net specific information to net-sysfs. What would you
prefer (or is there a better way than the approaches above)? Thanks!


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