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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] xen-netback: Turn off the carrier if the guest is not able to receive

On 30/07/14 20:50, Zoltan Kiss wrote:
> Currently when the guest is not able to receive more packets, qdisc layer 
> starts
> a timer, and when it goes off, qdisc is started again to deliver a packet 
> again.
> This is a very slow way to drain the queues, consumes unnecessary resources 
> and
> slows down other guests shutdown.
> This patch change the behaviour by turning the carrier off when that timer
> fires, so all the packets are freed up which were stucked waiting for that 
> vif.
> Instead of the rx_queue_purge bool it uses the VIF_STATUS_RX_PURGE_EVENT bit 
> to
> signal the thread that either the timout happened or an RX interrupt arrived, 
> so
> the thread can check what it should do. It also disables NAPI, so the guest
> can't transmit, but leaves the interrupts on, so it can resurrect.

I don't think you should disable NAPI, particularly since you have to
fiddle with the bits directly instead of usign the API to do so.

I looked at some hardware drivers and none of them disabled NAPI -- they
just allow it to naturally end once hardware queues are drained.

netback is a little different as a frontend could stop processing
to-guest packets but continue sending from-guest ones.  I don't see any
problem with allowing this.

> @@ -1955,24 +1955,78 @@ int xenvif_kthread_guest_rx(void *data)
>                */
>               if (unlikely(queue->vif->disabled && queue->id == 0))
>                       xenvif_carrier_off(queue->vif);
> +             else if 
> (unlikely(test_and_clear_bit(QUEUE_STATUS_RX_PURGE_EVENT,
> +                                                  &queue->status))) {
> +                     /* Either the last unsuccesful skb or at least 1 slot
> +                      * should fit
> +                      */
> +                     int needed = queue->rx_last_skb_slots ?
> +                                  queue->rx_last_skb_slots : 1;
> -             if (kthread_should_stop())
> -                     break;
> -
> -             if (queue->rx_queue_purge) {
> +                     /* It is assumed that if the guest post new
> +                      * slots after this, the RX interrupt will set
> +                      * the bit and wake up the thread again
> +                      */
> +                     set_bit(QUEUE_STATUS_RX_STALLED, &queue->status);

This big if needs to go in a new function.


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