[PATCH 3.8 11/91] tcp: tsq: restore minimal amount of queueing

From: Kamal Mostafa
Date: Thu Jan 02 2014 - 12:30:53 EST -stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Eric Dumazet <edumazet@xxxxxxxxxx>

[ Upstream commit 98e09386c0ef4dfd48af7ba60ff908f0d525cdee ]

After commit c9eeec26e32e ("tcp: TSQ can use a dynamic limit"), several
users reported throughput regressions, notably on mvneta and wifi

802.11 AMPDU requires a fair amount of queueing to be effective.

This patch partially reverts the change done in tcp_write_xmit()
so that the minimal amount is sysctl_tcp_limit_output_bytes.

It also remove the use of this sysctl while building skb stored
in write queue, as TSO autosizing does the right thing anyway.

Users with well behaving NICS and correct qdisc (like sch_fq),
can then lower the default sysctl_tcp_limit_output_bytes value from
128KB to 8KB.

This new usage of sysctl_tcp_limit_output_bytes permits each driver
authors to check how their driver performs when/if the value is set
to a minimum of 4KB.

Normally, line rate for a single TCP flow should be possible,
but some drivers rely on timers to perform TX completion and
too long TX completion delays prevent reaching full throughput.

Fixes: c9eeec26e32e ("tcp: TSQ can use a dynamic limit")
Signed-off-by: Eric Dumazet <edumazet@xxxxxxxxxx>
Reported-by: Sujith Manoharan <sujith@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Reported-by: Arnaud Ebalard <arno@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Tested-by: Sujith Manoharan <sujith@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Felix Fietkau <nbd@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Kamal Mostafa <kamal@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Documentation/networking/ip-sysctl.txt | 3 ---
net/ipv4/tcp.c | 6 ------
net/ipv4/tcp_output.c | 6 +++++-
3 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/networking/ip-sysctl.txt b/Documentation/networking/ip-sysctl.txt
index 62b9a61..2c9ddb1 100644
--- a/Documentation/networking/ip-sysctl.txt
+++ b/Documentation/networking/ip-sysctl.txt
@@ -603,9 +603,6 @@ tcp_limit_output_bytes - INTEGER
typical pfifo_fast qdiscs.
tcp_limit_output_bytes limits the number of bytes on qdisc
or device to reduce artificial RTT/cwnd and reduce bufferbloat.
- Note: For GSO/TSO enabled flows, we try to have at least two
- packets in flight. Reducing tcp_limit_output_bytes might also
- reduce the size of individual GSO packet (64KB being the max)
Default: 131072

tcp_challenge_ack_limit - INTEGER
diff --git a/net/ipv4/tcp.c b/net/ipv4/tcp.c
index c2aaeab..8cfdf2b 100644
--- a/net/ipv4/tcp.c
+++ b/net/ipv4/tcp.c
@@ -814,12 +814,6 @@ static unsigned int tcp_xmit_size_goal(struct sock *sk, u32 mss_now,
xmit_size_goal = min_t(u32, gso_size,
sk->sk_gso_max_size - 1 - hlen);

- /* TSQ : try to have at least two segments in flight
- * (one in NIC TX ring, another in Qdisc)
- */
- xmit_size_goal = min_t(u32, xmit_size_goal,
- sysctl_tcp_limit_output_bytes >> 1);
xmit_size_goal = tcp_bound_to_half_wnd(tp, xmit_size_goal);

/* We try hard to avoid divides here */
diff --git a/net/ipv4/tcp_output.c b/net/ipv4/tcp_output.c
index 0eaef9a..168a0d0 100644
--- a/net/ipv4/tcp_output.c
+++ b/net/ipv4/tcp_output.c
@@ -2019,8 +2019,12 @@ static bool tcp_write_xmit(struct sock *sk, unsigned int mss_now, int nonagle,
* - better RTT estimation and ACK scheduling
* - faster recovery
* - high rates
+ * Alas, some drivers / subsystems require a fair amount
+ * of queued bytes to ensure line rate.
+ * One example is wifi aggregation (802.11 AMPDU)
- limit = max(skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 10);
+ limit = max_t(unsigned int, sysctl_tcp_limit_output_bytes,
+ sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 10);

if (atomic_read(&sk->sk_wmem_alloc) > limit) {
set_bit(TSQ_THROTTLED, &tp->tsq_flags);

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