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Date:   Thu, 14 Feb 2019 19:39:20 -0500
From:   Willem de Bruijn <>
To:     Cong Wang <>
Cc:     Alexander Duyck <>,
        Eric Dumazet <>,,
        Linux Kernel Network Developers <>
Subject: Re: Three questions about busy poll

On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 3:15 PM Cong Wang <> wrote:
> Hello,
> While looking into the busy polling in Linux kernel, three questions
> come into my mind:
> 1. In the document[1], it claims depends on
> either SO_BUSY_POLL or However, from the code in
> ep_set_busy_poll_napi_id(), I don't see such a dependency. It simply
> checks sysctl_net_busy_poll and sk->sk_napi_id, but sk->sk_napi_id is
> always set as long as we enable CONFIG_NET_RX_BUSY_POLL. So what I am
> missing here?

That documentation refers to sock_poll. This does call sk_busy_loop
individually on each socket in the pollset and thus respects those values.
Epoll was added later, after both sock_poll and that documentation.

> 2. Why there is no socket option for Clearly
> sysctl_net_busy_poll is global and SO_BUSY_POLL only works for

I guess because of how sock_poll works. In that case it is not needed.
The poll duration applies more to the pollset than any of the
individual sockets, too.

> 3. How is SO_INCOMING_NAPI_ID supposed to be used? I can't find any
> useful documents online. Any example or more detailed doc?

>From the commit message of 6d4339028b35 ("net: Introduce
SO_INCOMING_NAPI_ID") it sounds like a sharding mechanism that
maintains flow affinity by sharding based on rxqueue (assuming that
something like RSS was used to ensure flow affinity in the first

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