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Date:   Sun, 17 May 2020 17:06:01 +0200
From:   Michael Walle <michael@...le.cc>
To:     Vinicius Costa Gomes <vinicius.gomes@...el.com>
Cc:     jeffrey.t.kirsher@...el.com, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
        vladimir.oltean@....com, po.liu@....com, m-karicheri2@...com,
        Jose.Abreu@...opsys.com
Subject: Re: [next-queue RFC 0/4] ethtool: Add support for frame preemption

Am Fri, 15 May 2020 18:29:44 -0700
schrieb Vinicius Costa Gomes <vinicius.gomes@...el.com>:

> Hi,
> 
> This series adds support for configuring frame preemption, as defined
> by IEEE 802.1Q-2018 (previously IEEE 802.1Qbu) and IEEE 802.3br.
> 
> Frame preemption allows a packet from a higher priority queue marked
> as "express" to preempt a packet from lower priority queue marked as
> "preemptible". The idea is that this can help reduce the latency for
> higher priority traffic.
> 
> Previously, the proposed interface for configuring these features was
> using the qdisc layer. But as this is very hardware dependent and all
> that qdisc did was pass the information to the driver, it makes sense
> to have this in ethtool.
> 
> One example, for retrieving and setting the configuration:
> 
> $ ethtool $ sudo ./ethtool --show-frame-preemption enp3s0
> Frame preemption settings for enp3s0:
> 	support: supported
> 	active: active
> 	supported queues: 0xf
> 	supported queues: 0xe
> 	minimum fragment size: 68
> 
> 
> $ ethtool --set-frame-preemption enp3s0 fp on min-frag-size 68
> preemptible-queues-mask 0xe
> 
> This is a RFC because I wanted to have feedback on some points:
> 
>   - The parameters added are enough for the hardware I have, is it
>     enough in general?

What about the Qbu handshake state? And some NICs support overriding
this. I.e. enable frame preemption even if the handshake wasn't
successful.

-michael

> 
>   - even with the ethtool via netlink effort, I chose to keep the
>     ioctl() way, in case someone wants to backport this to an older
>     kernel, is there a problem with this?
> 
>   - Some space for bikeshedding the names and location (for example,
>     does it make sense for these settings to be per-queue?), as I am
>     not quite happy with them, one example, is the use of preemptible
>     vs. preemptable;
> 
> 
> About the patches, should be quite straightforward:
> 
> Patch 1, adds the ETHTOOL_GFP and ETHOOL_SFP commands and the
> associated data structures;
> 
> Patch 2, adds the ETHTOOL_MSG_PREEMPT_GET and ETHTOOL_MSG_PREEMPT_SET
> netlink messages and the associated attributes;
> 
> Patch 3, is the example implementation for the igc driver, the catch
> here is that frame preemption in igc is dependent on the TSN "mode"
> being enabled;
> 
> Patch 4, adds some registers that helped during implementation.
> 
> Another thing is that because igc is still under development, to avoid
> conflicts, I think it might be easier for the PATCH version of this
> series to go through Jeff Kirsher's tree.
> 
> Vinicius Costa Gomes (4):
>   ethtool: Add support for configuring frame preemption
>   ethtool: Add support for configuring frame preemption via netlink
>   igc: Add support for configuring frame preemption
>   igc: Add support for exposing frame preemption stats registers
> 
>  drivers/net/ethernet/intel/igc/igc.h         |   3 +
>  drivers/net/ethernet/intel/igc/igc_defines.h |   6 +
>  drivers/net/ethernet/intel/igc/igc_ethtool.c |  77 ++++++++
>  drivers/net/ethernet/intel/igc/igc_regs.h    |  10 +
>  drivers/net/ethernet/intel/igc/igc_tsn.c     |  46 ++++-
>  include/linux/ethtool.h                      |   6 +
>  include/uapi/linux/ethtool.h                 |  25 +++
>  include/uapi/linux/ethtool_netlink.h         |  19 ++
>  net/ethtool/Makefile                         |   3 +-
>  net/ethtool/ioctl.c                          |  36 ++++
>  net/ethtool/netlink.c                        |  15 ++
>  net/ethtool/netlink.h                        |   2 +
>  net/ethtool/preempt.c                        | 181
> +++++++++++++++++++ 13 files changed, 423 insertions(+), 6
> deletions(-) create mode 100644 net/ethtool/preempt.c
> 

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