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Date:   Sat, 27 Jun 2020 01:00:19 +0200
From:   Daniel Borkmann <>
To:     Björn Töpel <>,
Cc:     Björn Töpel <>,,,,,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] xsk: remove cheap_dma optimization

On 6/26/20 3:43 PM, Björn Töpel wrote:
> From: Björn Töpel <>
> When the AF_XDP buffer allocation API was introduced it had an
> optimization, "cheap_dma". The idea was that when the umem was DMA
> mapped, the pool also checked whether the mapping required a
> synchronization (CPU to device, and vice versa). If not, it would be
> marked as "cheap_dma" and the synchronization would be elided.
> In [1] Christoph points out that the optimization above breaks the DMA
> API abstraction, and should be removed. Further, Christoph points out
> that optimizations like this should be done within the DMA mapping
> core, and not elsewhere.
> Unfortunately this has implications for the packet rate
> performance. The AF_XDP rxdrop scenario shows a 9% decrease in packets
> per second.
> [1]
> Cc: Christoph Hellwig <>
> Fixes: 2b43470add8c ("xsk: Introduce AF_XDP buffer allocation API")
> Signed-off-by: Björn Töpel <>

Given there is roughly a ~5 weeks window at max where this removal could
still be applied in the worst case, could we come up with a fix / proposal
first that moves this into the DMA mapping core? If there is something that
can be agreed upon by all parties, then we could avoid re-adding the 9%
slowdown. :/


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