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Date:	Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:09:35 -0700
From:	Eric Dumazet <>
To:	Jesper Dangaard Brouer <>
Cc:	Hannes Frederic Sowa <>,
	David Miller <>,,,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/2] Get rid of ndo_xmit_flush

On Wed, 2014-08-27 at 15:56 +0200, Jesper Dangaard Brouer wrote:

> I do worry a bit, if writing skb->xmit_more in a more cache cold
> scenarios could hurt us (as that cacheline seems to be read mostly),
> but this is not a problem right now because it will always be cache
> hot, as we always clear the entire SKB in alloc.

Yes, but many of us use things like TCP stack and thousand of packets
sitting in a possibly complex qdisc hierarchy before hitting the
device ;)

In these situations, skb is dirtied at TX completion time, but not in
ndo_start_xmit() (where its only read)

In the (qdisc->dequeue() -> ndo_start_xmit()) stage, only the first
cache line of skb is typically dirtied.

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