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SubjectRe: macvtap performance regression (bisected) between 3.13 and 3.14-rc1
On 03/01/2014 02:27 PM, Vlad Yasevich wrote:
> On 03/01/2014 06:15 AM, Christian Borntraeger wrote:
>> On 28/02/14 23:14, Vlad Yasevich wrote:
>>> On 02/27/2014 03:52 PM, Christian Borntraeger wrote:
>>>> Vlad,
>>>> commit 6acf54f1cf0a6747bac9fea26f34cfc5a9029523
>>>> macvtap: Add support of packet capture on macvtap device.
>>>> causes a performance regression for iperf traffic between two KVM guests
>>>> on my s390 system. Both guests are connected via two macvtaps on the same OSA
>>>> network card.
>>>> Before that patch I get ~20 Gbit/sec between two guests, afterwards I get
>>>> ~4Gbit/sec
>>>> Latency seems to be unchanges (uperf 1byte ping pong).
>>>> According to ifconfig in the guest, I have ~ 1500 bytes per packet with this
>>>> patch and ~ 40000 bytes without. So for some reason this patch causes the
>>>> network stack to do segmentation. (the guest kernel stays the same, only host
>>>> kernel is changed).
>>>> Any ideas?
>>> I am looking. It shouldn't cause addition segmentations and when I ran
>>> netperf on the code I didn't see any difference in the throughput.
>> Dont know if the different bytes/packets ratio is really the reason or
>> just a side effect. As a hint: the underlying network device does not support
>> segmentation, but this should not matter for traffic between to guests.
> Could you post 'ethtool -k' output for both lower-level device and the
> macvtap device?
> Thanks
> -vlad

Ok. I think I see what's happening. Since you turn off offloads on
lower device, that's propagated to macvlan device. As a result, when
when we call dev_queue_xmit on the vlan->dev, we end up segmenting since
lower level says it does support segmentation.

One way to fix this is to never disable offloads on macvlan. macvlan
will always try to use __dev_queue_xmit() with it's lower device, so any
segmentation can happen there.


>> Maybe you remember, we had a similar situation with commit 3e4f8b787370978733ca6cae452720a4f0c296b8
>> (macvtap: Perform GSO on forwarding path), the setup is basically the same.
>> Christian
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