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Date:	Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:36:43 +0200
From:	Oliver Hartkopp <>
To:	Tom Herbert <>
CC:	Linux Kernel Network Developers <>,
	"" <>,
	Sunil Kovvuri <>,
	Jonathon Reinhart <>
Subject: Re: Fighting out-of-order reception with RPS?

On 07/10/2015 04:48 AM, Tom Herbert wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 10:55 PM, Oliver Hartkopp <> wrote:
>> Both drivers do not use NAPI. The just follow the way
>> interrupt -> alloc_skb() -> fill skb -> netif_rx(skb)
>> I'm usually testing with the USB adapters as the PCIe setup is not very
>> handy.
> Okay, I see what is happening. In netif_rx when RPS is not enabled
> that packet is queued to the backlog queue for the local CPU. Since
> you're doing round robin on the interrupts then OOO packets can be a
> result. Unfortunately, this is the expected behavior. The correct
> kernel fix would be to move to these drivers to use NAPI.

Hm. Doesn't sound like a good solution when there's a difference between NAPI
and non-NAPI drivers in matters of OOO, right?

> eliminates the OOO, but if there is no ability to derive a flow hash
> from packets everything will wind up one queue without load balancing.


That's why I added

	skb_set_hash(skb, dev->ifindex, PKT_HASH_TYPE_L2);

in my driver, because the only relevant flow identifiction is the number of
the incoming CAN interface.

> Besides that, automatically setting RPS in drivers is a difficult
> proposition since there is no definitively "correct" way to do that in
> an arbitrary configuration.

What about checking in netif_rx() if the non-NAPI driver has set a hash (aka
the driver is OOO sensitive)?
And if so we could automatically set rps_cpus for this interface in a way that
all CPUs are enabled to take skbs following the hash.

Best regards,

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