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SubjectRe: [PATCH net-next v2 9/9] xen-netback: Aggregate TX unmap operations
On 13/12/13 15:44, Wei Liu wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 11:48:17PM +0000, Zoltan Kiss wrote:
>> Unmapping causes TLB flushing, therefore we should make it in the largest
>> possible batches. However we shouldn't starve the guest for too long. So if
>> the guest has space for at least two big packets and we don't have at least a
>> quarter ring to unmap, delay it for at most 1 milisec.
> Is this solution temporary or permanent? If it is permanent would it
> make sense to make these parameter tunable?

Well, I'm not entirely sure yet this is the best way to do this, so in
this sense it's temporary. But generally we should do some sort of
batching, as TLB flush cannot be avoided every time. If we settle on
something we should make the tunable parameters tunable.
The problem is that it is a thin red line we should find here. My first
approach was that I left the tx_dealloc_work_todo as it was, and after
the thread woke up but before anything were done I made it sleep for 50
ns and measured how fast the guest is running out of free slots:

if (kthread_should_stop())

+do {
+ ++i;
+ prev_free_slots = nr_free_slots(&vif->tx);
+ __set_current_state(TASK_UNINTERRUPTIBLE);
+ rc = schedule_hrtimeout_range(&tx_dealloc_delay_ktime, 10,
+ if (rc) trace_printk("%s sleep were interrupted! %d\n",vif->dev->name,
+ curr_free_slots = nr_free_slots(&vif->tx);
+} while ( (curr_free_slots < 4 * (prev_free_slots - curr_free_slots))
&& i < 11);

And worst case after 500 ns I let the thread to do the unmap anyway. But
I was a bit worried about this approach, so I choose a bit more
conservative one for this patch.

There are also ideas to use some other instrument for unmapping instead
of the current separate thread approach. Putting it into the NAPI
instance was the original idea, which caused problems. Placing it into
the another thread where RX work happens also doesn't sound too good,
these things can and should happen in parallel.
Other ideas were work queues and tasklets, I'll spend some more time to
check if they are feasible.



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