Re: regression with napi/softirq ?

From: Eric Dumazet
Date: Thu Jul 18 2019 - 02:58:19 EST

On 7/17/19 11:52 PM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> Sudip,
> On Wed, 17 Jul 2019, Sudip Mukherjee wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 9:53 PM Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> You can hack ksoftirq_running() to return always false to avoid this, but
>>> that might cause application starvation and a huge packet buffer backlog
>>> when the amount of incoming packets makes the CPU do nothing else than
>>> softirq processing.
>> I tried that now, it is better but still not as good as v3.8
>> Now I am getting 375.9usec as the maximum time between raising the softirq
>> and it starting to execute and packet drops still there.
>> And just a thought, do you think there should be a CONFIG_ option for
>> this feature of ksoftirqd_running() so that it can be disabled if needed
>> by users like us?
> If at all then a sysctl to allow runtime control.
>> Can you please think of anything else that might have changed which I still need
>> to change to make the time comparable to v3.8..
> Something with in that small range of:
> 63592 files changed, 13783320 insertions(+), 5155492 deletions(-)
> :)
> Seriously, that can be anything.
> Can you please test with Linus' head of tree and add some more
> instrumentation, so we can see what holds off softirqs from being
> processed. If the ksoftirqd enforcement is disabled, then the only reason
> can be a long lasting softirq disabled region. Tracing should tell.

ksoftirqd might be spuriously scheduled from tx path, when
__qdisc_run() also reacts to need_resched().

By raising NET_TX while we are processing NET_RX (say we send a TCP ACK packet
in response to incoming packet), we force __do_softirq() to perform
another loop, but before doing an other round, it will also check need_resched()
and eventually call wakeup_softirqd()

I wonder if following patch makes any difference.

diff --git a/net/sched/sch_generic.c b/net/sched/sch_generic.c
index 11c03cf4aa74b44663c74e0e3284140b0c75d9c4..ab736e974396394ae6ba409868aaea56a50ad57b 100644
--- a/net/sched/sch_generic.c
+++ b/net/sched/sch_generic.c
@@ -377,6 +377,8 @@ void __qdisc_run(struct Qdisc *q)
int packets;

while (qdisc_restart(q, &packets)) {
+ if (qdisc_is_empty(q))
+ break;
* Ordered by possible occurrence: Postpone processing if
* 1. we've exceeded packet quota