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Date:   Mon, 27 May 2019 22:19:51 -0700
From:   Fred Klassen <fklassen@...neta.com>
To:     Willem de Bruijn <willemdebruijn.kernel@...il.com>
Cc:     "David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        Alexey Kuznetsov <kuznet@....inr.ac.ru>,
        Hideaki YOSHIFUJI <yoshfuji@...ux-ipv6.org>,
        Shuah Khan <shuah@...nel.org>,
        Network Development <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        linux-kselftest@...r.kernel.org,
        Willem de Bruijn <willemb@...gle.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net 4/4] net/udpgso_bench_tx: audit error queue



> On May 27, 2019, at 6:15 PM, Willem de Bruijn <willemdebruijn.kernel@...il.com> wrote:
>> I wanted to discuss whether or not to attach a buffer to the
>> recvmsg(fd, &msg, MSG_ERRQUEUE). Without it, I have
>> MSG_TRUNC errors in my msg_flags. Either I have to add
>> a buffer, or ignore that error flag.
> 
> Either sounds reasonable. It is an expected and well understood
> message if underprovisioning the receive data buffer.
> 

I’ll stick with setting up buffers. It will fail if there are any bugs 
introduced in buffer copy routines.

> 
> The netdev list is archived and available through various websites,
> like lore.kernel.org/netdev . As well as the patches with comments at
> patchwork.ozlabs.org/project/netdev/list
> 

Much better. Sure beats hunting down lost emails.


>> I have been wondering about xmit_more
>> myself. I don’t think it changes anything for software timestamps,
>> but it may with hardware timestamps.
> 
> It arguably makes the software timestamp too early if taken on the
> first segment, as the NIC is only informed of all the new descriptors
> when the last segment is written and the doorbell is rung.
> 

Totally makes sense. Possibly this can be improved software TX
timestamps by delaying until just before ring buffer is advanced.
It would have to be updated in each driver. I may have a look at
this once I am complete this patch. Hopefully that one will be a bit
smoother. 

>>> Can you elaborate on this suspected memory leak?
>> 
>> A user program cannot free a zerocopy buffer until it is reported as free.
>> If zerocopy events are not reported, that could be a memory leak.
>> 
>> I may have a fix. I have added a -P option when I am running an audit.
>> It doesn’t appear to affect performance, and since implementing it I have
>> received all error messages expected for both timestamp and zerocopy.
>> 
>> I am still testing.
> 
> I see, a userspace leak from lack of completion notification.
> 
> If the issue is a few missing notifications at the end of the run,
> then perhaps cfg_waittime_ms is too short.
> 

I’ll get back to you when I have tested this more thoroughly. Early results
suggest that adding the -P poll() option has fixed it without any appreciable
performance hit. I’ll share raw results with you, and we can make a final
decision together.

>> Should the test have failed at this point? I did return an error(), but
>> the script kept running.
> 
> This should normally be cause for test failure, I think yes. Though
> it's fine to send the code for review and possibly even merge, so that
> I can take a look.
> 

Sounds like udpgso_bench.sh needs a ’set -e’ to ensure it stops on
first error.

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