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Date:	Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:36:01 -0700
From:	Alexander Duyck <alexander.h.duyck@...el.com>
To:	Tom Herbert <therbert@...gle.com>,
	Hannes Frederic Sowa <hannes@...essinduktion.org>
CC:	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>,
	Linux Netdev List <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
	Jamal Hadi Salim <jhs@...atatu.com>,
	Eric Dumazet <edumazet@...gle.com>,
	Jeff Kirsher <jeffrey.t.kirsher@...el.com>,
	Rusty Russell <rusty@...tcorp.com.au>,
	Daniel Borkmann <dborkman@...hat.com>, brouer@...hat.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/2] ixgbe: support skb->xmit_more in netdev_ops->ndo_start_xmit()

On 08/26/2014 09:20 AM, Tom Herbert wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:40 AM, Hannes Frederic Sowa
> <hannes@...essinduktion.org> wrote:
>> On Di, 2014-08-26 at 08:00 -0700, Alexander Duyck wrote:
>>> On 08/25/2014 04:35 PM, David Miller wrote:
>>>>
>>>> From: Daniel Borkmann <dborkman@...hat.com>
>>>>
>>>> This implements the deferred tail pointer flush API for the ixgbe
>>>> driver. Similar version also proposed longer time ago by Alexander Duyck.
>>>>
>>>> Signed-off-by: Daniel Borkmann <dborkman@...hat.com>
>>>> Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem@...emloft.net>
>>>> ---
>>>>  drivers/net/ethernet/intel/ixgbe/ixgbe_main.c | 7 ++++---
>>>>  1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>>>>
>>>> diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/ixgbe/ixgbe_main.c b/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/ixgbe/ixgbe_main.c
>>>> index 87bd53f..ba9ceaa 100644
>>>> --- a/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/ixgbe/ixgbe_main.c
>>>> +++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/ixgbe/ixgbe_main.c
>>>> @@ -6958,9 +6958,10 @@ static void ixgbe_tx_map(struct ixgbe_ring *tx_ring,
>>>>
>>>>     tx_ring->next_to_use = i;
>>>>
>>>> -   /* notify HW of packet */
>>>> -   ixgbe_write_tail(tx_ring, i);
>>>> -
>>>> +   if (!skb->xmit_more) {
>>>> +           /* notify HW of packet */
>>>> +           ixgbe_write_tail(tx_ring, i);
>>>> +   }
>>>>     return;
>>>>  dma_error:
>>>>     dev_err(tx_ring->dev, "TX DMA map failed\n");
>>>>
>>>
>>> It might help to add some handling for the case where xmit_more is set,
>>> but the ring has become full.  This current implementation introduces
>>> the risk of triggering a Tx hang.
>>
>> IMHO this should be done before the patch lands in the driver.
>>
>>> My advice would be to pull the ixgbe_maybe_stop_tx code at the end of
>>> xmit_frame into the if check here, and perhaps look into adding an
>>> additional check to see if BQL has stopped the ring as well.
>>
>> I would like to have the BQL check not in the driver but in the generic
>> code steering xmit_more.
>>
> 
> BQL stops the queue from netdev_tx_sent_queue, we could change that to
> return indication queue was stopped and use that as another check to
> flush.

Either that or we could just add it as state check.

Maybe change the code to something like:
  ixgbe_maybe_stop_tx(tx_ring, DESC_UNUSED);

  /* notify HW of packet */
  if (netif_xmit_stopped(txring_txq(tx_ring)) || !skb->xmit_more)
         ixgbe_write_tail(tx_ring, i)

Then we could catch both the driver or stack stopping the ring and
identifying it as an indication that we should flush the ring.

Thanks,

Alex

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