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Date:   Fri, 26 Apr 2019 12:11:58 -0700
From:   Jakub Kicinski <>
To:     Maxim Mikityanskiy <>
Cc:     "David S. Miller" <>,
        Björn Töpel 
        Magnus Karlsson <>,
        "" <>,
        Saeed Mahameed <>,
        Jonathan Lemon <>,
        Eran Ben Elisha <>,
        Tariq Toukan <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 4/6] xsk: Extend channels to support combined
 XSK/non-XSK traffic

On Fri, 26 Apr 2019 11:42:37 +0000, Maxim Mikityanskiy wrote:
> Currently, the drivers that implement AF_XDP zero-copy support (e.g.,
> i40e) switch the channel into a different mode when an XSK is opened. It
> causes some issues that have to be taken into account. For example, RSS
> needs to be reconfigured to skip the XSK-enabled channels, or the XDP
> program should filter out traffic not intended for that socket and
> XDP_PASS it with an additional copy. As nothing validates or forces the
> proper configuration, it's easy to have packets drops, when they get
> into an XSK by mistake, and, in fact, it's the default configuration.
> There has to be some tool to have RSS reconfigured on each socket open
> and close event, but such a tool is problematic to implement, because no
> one reports these events, and it's race-prone.
> This commit extends XSK to support both kinds of traffic (XSK and
> non-XSK) in the same channel. It implies having two RX queues in
> XSK-enabled channels: one for the regular traffic, and the other for
> XSK. It solves the problem with RSS: the default configuration just
> works without the need to manually reconfigure RSS or to perform some
> possibly complicated filtering in the XDP layer. It makes it easy to run
> both AF_XDP and regular sockets on the same machine. In the XDP program,
> the QID's most significant bit will serve as a flag to indicate whether
> it's the XSK queue or not. The extension is compatible with the legacy
> configuration, so if one wants to run the legacy mode, they can
> reconfigure RSS and ignore the flag in the XDP program (implemented in
> the reference XDP program in libbpf). mlx5e will support this extension.
> A single XDP program can run both with drivers supporting or not
> supporting this extension. The xdpsock sample and libbpf are updated
> accordingly.
> Signed-off-by: Maxim Mikityanskiy <>

It's been a while but this patch makes very little sense to me.

User installs a UMEM on a queue, all packets are delivered to that
UMEM, if XDP program doesn't redirect the packet to a XSK socket the
driver should copy it to a normal kernel page and proceed.  No drops
should happen.

Having two queues which pretend to share an ID but really one of them
has a magic encoding does not help IMO.

I definitely agree with you that the way queues are taken out of the
stack's ID space and the fact they aren't automatically excluded from
RSS etc is quite suboptimal..

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