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Date:   Fri, 18 Dec 2020 05:36:48 +0000
From:   Parav Pandit <parav@...dia.com>
To:     Parav Pandit <parav@...dia.com>,
        Alexander Duyck <alexander.duyck@...il.com>,
        David Ahern <dsahern@...il.com>
CC:     Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@...dia.com>,
        Saeed Mahameed <saeed@...nel.org>,
        "David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>,
        Leon Romanovsky <leonro@...dia.com>,
        Netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        "linux-rdma@...r.kernel.org" <linux-rdma@...r.kernel.org>,
        David Ahern <dsahern@...nel.org>,
        Jacob Keller <jacob.e.keller@...el.com>,
        "Sridhar Samudrala" <sridhar.samudrala@...el.com>,
        "Ertman, David M" <david.m.ertman@...el.com>,
        Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@...el.com>,
        "Kiran Patil" <kiran.patil@...el.com>,
        Greg KH <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org>
Subject: RE: [net-next v4 00/15] Add mlx5 subfunction support



> From: Parav Pandit <parav@...dia.com>
> Sent: Friday, December 18, 2020 10:51 AM
> 
> > From: Alexander Duyck <alexander.duyck@...il.com>
> > Sent: Friday, December 18, 2020 8:41 AM
> >
> > On Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 5:30 PM David Ahern <dsahern@...il.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > On 12/16/20 3:53 PM, Alexander Duyck wrote:
> > The problem is PCIe DMA wasn't designed to function as a network
> > switch fabric and when we start talking about a 400Gb NIC trying to
> > handle over 256 subfunctions it will quickly reduce the
> > receive/transmit throughput to gigabit or less speeds when encountering
> hardware multicast/broadcast replication.
> > With 256 subfunctions a simple 60B ARP could consume more than 19KB of
> > PCIe bandwidth due to the packet having to be duplicated so many
> > times. In my mind it should be simpler to simply clone a single skb
> > 256 times, forward that to the switchdev ports, and have them perform
> > a bypass (if available) to deliver it to the subfunctions. That's why
> > I was thinking it might be a good time to look at addressing it.
> Linux tc framework is rich to address this and already used by openvswich for
> years now.
> Today arp broadcasts are not offloaded. They go through software patch and
s/patch/path

> replicated in the L2 domain.
> It is a solved problem for many years now.

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