RE: [PATCH net-next v2 05/12] iavf: always use a full order-0 page

From: David Laight
Date: Fri May 26 2023 - 04:57:44 EST

From: Alexander Lobakin
> Sent: 25 May 2023 13:58
> The current scheme with trying to pick the smallest buffer possible for
> the current MTU in order to flip/split pages is not very optimal.
> For example, on default MTU of 1500 it gives only 192 bytes of headroom,
> while XDP may require up to 258. But this also involves unnecessary code
> complication, which sometimes is even hard to follow.
> As page split is no more, always allocate order-0 pages. This optimizes
> performance a bit and drops some bytes off the object code. Next, always
> pick the maximum buffer length available for this %PAGE_SIZE to set it
> up in the hardware. This means it now becomes a constant value, which
> also has its positive impact.
> On x64 this means (without XDP):
> 4096 page
> 64 head, 320 tail
> 3712 HW buffer size
> 3686 max MTU w/o frags

I'd have thought it was important to pack multiple buffers for
MTU 1500 into a single page.
512 bytes split between head and tail room really ought to
be enough for most cases.

Is much tailroom ever used for received packets?
It is used to append data to packets being sent - but that isn't
really relevant here.

While the unused memory is moderate for 4k pages, it is horrid
for anything with large pages - think 64k and above.
IIRC large pages are common on big PPC and maybe some arm cpus.


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