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Subject[PATCH 0/6] virtio/vsock: introduce dgrams, sk_buff, and qdisc
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Hey everybody,

This series introduces datagrams, packet scheduling, and sk_buff usage
to virtio vsock.

The usage of struct sk_buff benefits users by a) preparing vsock to use
other related systems that require sk_buff, such as sockmap and qdisc,
b) supporting basic congestion control via sock_alloc_send_skb, and c)
reducing copying when delivering packets to TAP.

The socket layer no longer forces errors to be -ENOMEM, as typically
userspace expects -EAGAIN when the sk_sndbuf threshold is reached and
messages are being sent with option MSG_DONTWAIT.

The datagram work is based off previous patches by Jiang Wang[1].

The introduction of datagrams creates a transport layer fairness issue
where datagrams may freely starve streams of queue access. This happens
because, unlike streams, datagrams lack the transactions necessary for
calculating credits and throttling.

Previous proposals introduce changes to the spec to add an additional
virtqueue pair for datagrams[1]. Although this solution works, using
Linux's qdisc for packet scheduling leverages already existing systems,
avoids the need to change the virtio specification, and gives additional
capabilities. The usage of SFQ or fq_codel, for example, may solve the
transport layer starvation problem. It is easy to imagine other use
cases as well. For example, services of varying importance may be
assigned different priorities, and qdisc will apply appropriate
priority-based scheduling. By default, the system default pfifo qdisc is
used. The qdisc may be bypassed and legacy queuing is resumed by simply
setting the virtio-vsock%d network device to state DOWN. This technique
still allows vsock to work with zero-configuration.

In summary, this series introduces these major changes to vsock:

- virtio vsock supports datagrams
- virtio vsock uses struct sk_buff instead of virtio_vsock_pkt
- Because virtio vsock uses sk_buff, it also uses sock_alloc_send_skb,
which applies the throttling threshold sk_sndbuf.
- The vsock socket layer supports returning errors other than -ENOMEM.
- This is used to return -EAGAIN when the sk_sndbuf threshold is
reached.
- virtio vsock uses a net_device, through which qdisc may be used.
- qdisc allows scheduling policies to be applied to vsock flows.
- Some qdiscs, like SFQ, may allow vsock to avoid transport layer congestion. That is,
it may avoid datagrams from flooding out stream flows. The benefit
to this is that additional virtqueues are not needed for datagrams.
- The net_device and qdisc is bypassed by simply setting the
net_device state to DOWN.

[1]: https://lore.kernel.org/all/20210914055440.3121004-1-jiang.wang@bytedance.com/

Bobby Eshleman (5):
vsock: replace virtio_vsock_pkt with sk_buff
vsock: return errors other than -ENOMEM to socket
vsock: add netdev to vhost/virtio vsock
virtio/vsock: add VIRTIO_VSOCK_F_DGRAM feature bit
virtio/vsock: add support for dgram

Jiang Wang (1):
vsock_test: add tests for vsock dgram

drivers/vhost/vsock.c | 238 ++++----
include/linux/virtio_vsock.h | 73 ++-
include/net/af_vsock.h | 2 +
include/uapi/linux/virtio_vsock.h | 2 +
net/vmw_vsock/af_vsock.c | 30 +-
net/vmw_vsock/hyperv_transport.c | 2 +-
net/vmw_vsock/virtio_transport.c | 237 +++++---
net/vmw_vsock/virtio_transport_common.c | 771 ++++++++++++++++--------
net/vmw_vsock/vmci_transport.c | 9 +-
net/vmw_vsock/vsock_loopback.c | 51 +-
tools/testing/vsock/util.c | 105 ++++
tools/testing/vsock/util.h | 4 +
tools/testing/vsock/vsock_test.c | 195 ++++++
13 files changed, 1176 insertions(+), 543 deletions(-)

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2.35.1

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