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Date:   Mon, 7 Dec 2020 12:20:54 +0200
From:   Oz Shlomo <ozsh@...dia.com>
To:     Saeed Mahameed <saeed@...nel.org>,
        Marcelo Ricardo Leitner <marcelo.leitner@...il.com>,
        Ariel Levkovich <lariel@...dia.com>
CC:     "David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>, <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        Oz Shlomo <ozsh@...lanox.com>, Roi Dayan <roid@...dia.com>,
        Marcelo Ricardo Leitner <mleitner@...hat.com>
Subject: Re: [net-next V2 09/15] net/mlx5e: CT: Use the same counter for both
 directions

Hi Marcelo,

On 12/1/2020 11:41 PM, Saeed Mahameed wrote:
> On Fri, 2020-11-27 at 11:01 -0300, Marcelo Ricardo Leitner wrote:
>> On Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 03:48:18PM -0700, saeed@...nel.org wrote:
>>> From: Oz Shlomo <ozsh@...lanox.com>
>>
>> Sorry for reviving this one, but seemed better for the context.
>>
>>> A connection is represented by two 5-tuple entries, one for each
>>> direction.
>>> Currently, each direction allocates its own hw counter, which is
>>> inefficient as ct aging is managed per connection.
>>>
>>> Share the counter that was allocated for the original direction
>>> with the
>>> reverse direction.
>>
>> Yes, aging is done per connection, but the stats are not. With this
>> patch, with netperf TCP_RR test, I get this: (mangled for
>> readability)
>>
>> # grep 172.0.0.4 /proc/net/nf_conntrack
>> ipv4     2 tcp      6
>>    src=172.0.0.3 dst=172.0.0.4 sport=34018 dport=33396 packets=3941992
>> bytes=264113427
>>    src=172.0.0.4 dst=172.0.0.3 sport=33396 dport=34018 packets=4
>> bytes=218 [HW_OFFLOAD]
>>    mark=0 secctx=system_u:object_r:unlabeled_t:s0 zone=0 use=3
>>
>> while without it (594e31bceb + act_ct patch to enable it posted
>> yesterday + revert), I get:
>>
>> # grep 172.0.0.4 /proc/net/nf_conntrack
>> ipv4     2 tcp      6
>>    src=172.0.0.3 dst=172.0.0.4 sport=41856 dport=32776 packets=1876763
>> bytes=125743084
>>    src=172.0.0.4 dst=172.0.0.3 sport=32776 dport=41856 packets=1876761
>> bytes=125742951 [HW_OFFLOAD]
>>    mark=0 secctx=system_u:object_r:unlabeled_t:s0 zone=0 use=3
>>
>> The same is visible on 'ovs-appctl dpctl/dump-conntrack -s' then.
>> Summing both directions in one like this is at least very misleading.
>> Seems this change was motivated only by hw resources constrains. That
>> said, I'm wondering, can this change be reverted somehow?
>>
>>    Marcelo
> 
> Hi Marcelo, thanks for the report,
> Sorry i am not familiar with this /procfs
> Oz, Ariel, Roi, what is your take on this, it seems that we changed the
> behavior of stats incorrectly.

Indeed we overlooked the CT accounting extension.
We will submit a driver fix.

> 
> Thanks,
> Saeed.
> 
> 

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