Re: [PATCH net] bonding: show saner speed for broadcast mode

From: Michal Kubecek
Date: Thu Aug 13 2020 - 17:36:17 EST

On Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 10:29:56PM -0700, Jay Vosburgh wrote:
> Did you notice this by inspection, or did it come up in use
> somewhere? I can't recall ever hearing of anyone using broadcast mode,
> so I'm curious if there is a use for it, but this change seems
> reasonable enough regardless.

I did actually encountered our customers using broadcast mode twice. But
I have to disappoint you, their "use for it" was rather an abuse.

One of them had a number of hosts, each having two NICs in broadcast
mode bond, one connected to one switch and one connected to another
switch (with no direct connection between the switches). Having each
packet duplicated when everything worked triggered some corner cases in
networking stack (IIRC one issue in fragment reassembly and one in TCP
lockless listener). Thankfully I was eventually able to convince them
that this kind of redundancy does not really work if one host loses
connection to one switch and another host to the other.

I don't remember the other use case from the top of my head but I'm
quite sure it made even less sense.