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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/6] vsock: add netdev to vhost/virtio vsock
On Tue, Aug 16, 2022 at 11:07:17AM -0700, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Aug 2022 12:38:52 -0400 Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > On Mon, Aug 15, 2022 at 10:56:06AM -0700, Bobby Eshleman wrote:
> > > In order to support usage of qdisc on vsock traffic, this commit
> > > introduces a struct net_device to vhost and virtio vsock.
> > >
> > > Two new devices are created, vhost-vsock for vhost and virtio-vsock
> > > for virtio. The devices are attached to the respective transports.
> > >
> > > To bypass the usage of the device, the user may "down" the associated
> > > network interface using common tools. For example, "ip link set dev
> > > virtio-vsock down" lets vsock bypass the net_device and qdisc entirely,
> > > simply using the FIFO logic of the prior implementation.
> >
> > Ugh. That's quite a hack. Mark my words, at some point we will decide to
> > have down mean "down". Besides, multiple net devices with link up tend
> > to confuse userspace. So might want to keep it down at all times
> > even short term.
>
> Agreed!
>
> From a cursory look (and Documentation/ would be nice..) it feels
> very wrong to me. Do you know of any uses of a netdev which would
> be semantically similar to what you're doing? Treating netdevs as
> buildings blocks for arbitrary message passing solutions is something
> I dislike quite strongly.

The big difference between vsock and "arbitrary message passing" is that
vsock is actually constrained by the virtio device that backs it (made
up of virtqueues and the underlying protocol). That virtqueue pair is
acting like the queues on a physical NIC, so it actually makes sense to
manage the queuing of vsock's device like we would manage the queueing
of a real device.

Still, I concede that ignoring the netdev state is a probably bad idea.

That said, I also think that using packet scheduling in vsock is a good
idea, and that ideally we can reuse Linux's already robust library of
packet scheduling algorithms by introducing qdisc somehow.

>
> Could you recommend where I can learn more about vsocks?

I think the spec is probably the best place to start[1].

[1]: https://docs.oasis-open.org/virtio/virtio/v1.2/virtio-v1.2.html

Best,
Bobby

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