Re: [PATCH net-next] macvtap/macvlan: use IFF_NO_QUEUE

From: Jason Wang
Date: Thu Aug 27 2015 - 22:42:14 EST

On 08/27/2015 06:43 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 01:45:30PM +0800, Jason Wang wrote:
>> On 08/26/2015 12:32 AM, Vlad Yasevich wrote:
>>> On 08/25/2015 07:30 AM, Jason Wang wrote:
>>>> On 08/25/2015 06:17 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
>>>>> On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 04:33:12PM +0800, Jason Wang wrote:
>>>>>>> For macvlan, switch to use IFF_NO_QUEUE instead of tx_queue_len = 0.
>>>>>>> For macvtap, after commit 6acf54f1cf0a6747bac9fea26f34cfc5a9029523
>>>>>>> ("macvtap: Add support of packet capture on macvtap
>>>>>>> device."). Multiqueue macvtap suffers from single qdisc lock
>>>>>>> contention. This is because macvtap claims a non zero tx_queue_len and
>>>>>>> it reuses this value as it socket receive queue size.Thanks to
>>>>>>> IFF_NO_QUEUE, we can remove the lock contention without breaking
>>>>>>> existing socket receive queue length logic.
>>>>>>> Cc: Patrick McHardy <kaber@xxxxxxxxx>
>>>>>>> Cc: Vladislav Yasevich <vyasevic@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>>>> Cc: Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>>>> Signed-off-by: Jason Wang <jasowang@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>> Seems to make sense. Give me a day or two to get over the jet lag
>>>>> (and get out from under the pile of mail accumulated while I was traveling),
>>>>> I'll review properly and ack.
>>>> A note on this patch: only default qdisc were removed but we don't lose
>>>> the ability to attach a qdisc to macvtap (though it may cause lock
>>>> contention on multiqueue case).
>>> Wouldn't that lock contention be solved if we really had multiple queues
>>> for multi-queue macvtaps?
>>> -vlad
>> Yes, but this introduce another layer of txq locks contention?
> I don't follow - why does it? Could you clarify please?

I believe Vlad wants to remove NETIF_F_LLTX. If yes, core will do an
extra tx lock at macvlan layer.

>> And it
>> also needs macvlan multiqueue support. We used to do something like this
>> but switch to NETIF_F_LLTX finally. You may refer:
>> 2c11455321f37da6fe6cc36353149f9ac9183334 macvlan: add multiqueue capability
>> 8ffab51b3dfc54876f145f15b351c41f3f703195 macvlan: lockless tx path
> My concern is that the moment someone configures a non-standard qdisc
> scalability suddenly disappears. That would also be tricky to debug in the
> field as not a lot of developers use non-standard qdiscs.
> What do you think?

Probably not an issue. Non-standard qdisc may need be attached manually
after device creation, and we don't lose this ability with this patch.
(Unless somebody changes default_qdisc). Actually, user before
6acf54f1cf0a6747bac9fea26f34cfc5a9029523 does not expect any qdisc work
for macvtap like other stacked devices. This patch also restore this.

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