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From: Chengchang Tang <tangchengchang@huawei.com>
To: Andrew Rybchenko <andrew.rybchenko@oktetlabs.ru>, <dev@dpdk.org>
Cc: <linuxarm@huawei.com>, <chas3@att.com>, <humin29@huawei.com>,
	<ferruh.yigit@intel.com>, <konstantin.ananyev@intel.com>
Subject: Re: [dpdk-dev] [PATCH 1/2] net/bonding: support Tx prepare for bonding
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2021 14:42:48 +0800
Message-ID: <070e2dc9-7ab8-44f3-7d78-af1b35f18908@huawei.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <4ce1752a-b605-8f35-ab06-13a671ef0e6c@oktetlabs.ru>

Hi, Andrew and Ferruh

On 2021/6/8 17:49, Andrew Rybchenko wrote:
> "for bonding" is redundant in the summary since it is already "net/bonding".
> 
> On 4/23/21 12:46 PM, Chengchang Tang wrote:
>> To use the HW offloads capability (e.g. checksum and TSO) in the Tx
>> direction, the upper-layer users need to call rte_eth_dev_prepare to do
>> some adjustment to the packets before sending them (e.g. processing
>> pseudo headers when Tx checksum offoad enabled). But, the tx_prepare
>> callback of the bond driver is not implemented. Therefore, related
>> offloads can not be used unless the upper layer users process the packet
>> properly in their own application. But it is bad for the
>> transplantability.
>>
>> However, it is difficult to design the tx_prepare callback for bonding
>> driver. Because when a bonded device sends packets, the bonded device
>> allocates the packets to different slave devices based on the real-time
>> link status and bonding mode. That is, it is very difficult for the
>> bonding device to determine which slave device's prepare function should
>> be invoked. In addition, if the link status changes after the packets are
>> prepared, the packets may fail to be sent because packets allocation may
>> change.
>>
>> So, in this patch, the tx_prepare callback of bonding driver is not
>> implemented. Instead, the rte_eth_dev_tx_prepare() will be called for
>> all the fast path packet in mode 0, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6. In this way, all
>> tx_offloads can be processed correctly for all NIC devices in these modes.
>> If tx_prepare is not required in some cases, then slave PMDs tx_prepare
>> pointer should be NULL and rte_eth_tx_prepare() will be just a NOOP.
>> In these cases, the impact on performance will be very limited. It is
>> the responsibility of the slave PMDs to decide when the real tx_prepare
>> needs to be used. The information from dev_config/queue_setup is
>> sufficient for them to make these decisions.
>>
>> Note:
>> The rte_eth_tx_prepare is not added to bond mode 3(Broadcast). This is
>> because in broadcast mode, a packet needs to be sent by all slave ports.
>> Different PMDs process the packets differently in tx_prepare. As a result,
>> the sent packet may be incorrect.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Chengchang Tang <tangchengchang@huawei.com>
>> ---
>>  drivers/net/bonding/rte_eth_bond.h     |  1 -
>>  drivers/net/bonding/rte_eth_bond_pmd.c | 28 ++++++++++++++++++++++++----
>>  2 files changed, 24 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/drivers/net/bonding/rte_eth_bond.h b/drivers/net/bonding/rte_eth_bond.h
>> index 874aa91..1e6cc6d 100644
>> --- a/drivers/net/bonding/rte_eth_bond.h
>> +++ b/drivers/net/bonding/rte_eth_bond.h
>> @@ -343,7 +343,6 @@ rte_eth_bond_link_up_prop_delay_set(uint16_t bonded_port_id,
>>  int
>>  rte_eth_bond_link_up_prop_delay_get(uint16_t bonded_port_id);
>>
>> -
>>  #ifdef __cplusplus
>>  }
>>  #endif
>> diff --git a/drivers/net/bonding/rte_eth_bond_pmd.c b/drivers/net/bonding/rte_eth_bond_pmd.c
>> index 2e9cea5..84af348 100644
>> --- a/drivers/net/bonding/rte_eth_bond_pmd.c
>> +++ b/drivers/net/bonding/rte_eth_bond_pmd.c
>> @@ -606,8 +606,14 @@ bond_ethdev_tx_burst_round_robin(void *queue, struct rte_mbuf **bufs,
>>  	/* Send packet burst on each slave device */
>>  	for (i = 0; i < num_of_slaves; i++) {
>>  		if (slave_nb_pkts[i] > 0) {
>> +			int nb_prep_pkts;
>> +
>> +			nb_prep_pkts = rte_eth_tx_prepare(slaves[i],
>> +					bd_tx_q->queue_id, slave_bufs[i],
>> +					slave_nb_pkts[i]);
>> +
> 
> Shouldn't it be called iff queue Tx offloads are not zero?
> It will allow to decrease performance degradation if no
> Tx offloads are enabled. Same in all cases below.

Regarding this point, it has been discussed in the previous RFC:
https://inbox.dpdk.org/dev/47f907cf-3933-1de9-9c45-6734b912eccd@huawei.com/

According to the TX_OFFLOAD status of the current device, PMDs can determine
whether tx_prepare is currently needed. If it is not needed, set pkt_tx_prepare
to NULL, so that the actual tx_prepare processing will be skipped directly in
rte_eth_tx_prepare().

> 
>>  			num_tx_slave = rte_eth_tx_burst(slaves[i], bd_tx_q->queue_id,
>> -					slave_bufs[i], slave_nb_pkts[i]);
>> +					slave_bufs[i], nb_prep_pkts);
> 
> In fact it is a problem here and really big problems.
> Tx prepare may fail and return less packets. Tx prepare
> of some packet may always fail. If application tries to
> send packets in a loop until success, it will be a
> forever loop here. Since application calls Tx burst,
> it is 100% legal behaviour of the function to return 0
> if Tx ring is full. It is not an error indication.
> However, in the case of Tx prepare it is an error
> indication.
> 
> Should we change Tx burst description and enforce callers
> to check for rte_errno? It sounds like a major change...
> 

I agree that if the failure is caused by Tx ring full, it is a legal behaviour.
But what about the failure caused by other reasons? At present, it is possible
for some PMDs to fail during tx_burst due to other reasons. In this case,
repeated tries to send will also fail.

I'm not sure if all PMDs need to support the behavior of sending packets in a
loop until it succeeds. If not, I think the current problem can be reminded to
the user by adding a description to the bonding. If it is necessary, I think the
description of tx_burst should also add related instructions, so that the developers
of PMDs can better understand how tx_burst should be designed, such as putting all
hardware-related constraint checks into tx_prepare. And another prerequisite for
the above behavior is that the packets must be prepared (i.e. checked by
rte_eth_tx_prepare()). Otherwise, it may also fail to send. This means that we have
to use rte_eth_tx_prepare() in more scenarios.

What's Ferruh's opinion on this?

> [snip]
> 
> .
> 


  reply	other threads:[~2021-06-09  6:42 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 31+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-04-16 11:04 [dpdk-dev] [RFC 0/2] add Tx prepare support for bonding device Chengchang Tang
2021-04-16 11:04 ` [dpdk-dev] [RFC 1/2] net/bonding: add Tx prepare for bonding Chengchang Tang
2021-04-16 11:04 ` [dpdk-dev] [RFC 2/2] app/testpmd: add cmd for bonding Tx prepare Chengchang Tang
2021-04-16 11:12 ` [dpdk-dev] [RFC 0/2] add Tx prepare support for bonding device Min Hu (Connor)
2021-04-20  1:26 ` Ferruh Yigit
2021-04-20  2:44   ` Chengchang Tang
2021-04-20  8:33     ` Ananyev, Konstantin
2021-04-20 12:44       ` Chengchang Tang
2021-04-20 13:18         ` Ananyev, Konstantin
2021-04-20 14:06           ` Chengchang Tang
2021-04-23  9:46 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH " Chengchang Tang
2021-04-23  9:46   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH 1/2] net/bonding: support Tx prepare for bonding Chengchang Tang
2021-06-08  9:49     ` Andrew Rybchenko
2021-06-09  6:42       ` Chengchang Tang [this message]
2021-06-09  9:35         ` Andrew Rybchenko
2021-06-10  7:32           ` Chengchang Tang
2021-06-14 14:16             ` Andrew Rybchenko
2021-06-09 10:25         ` Ananyev, Konstantin
2021-06-10  6:46           ` Chengchang Tang
2021-06-14 11:36             ` Ananyev, Konstantin
2021-04-23  9:46   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH 2/2] net/bonding: support configuring Tx offloading " Chengchang Tang
2021-06-08  9:49     ` Andrew Rybchenko
2021-06-09  6:57       ` Chengchang Tang
2021-06-09  9:11         ` Ananyev, Konstantin
2021-06-09  9:37           ` Andrew Rybchenko
2021-06-10  6:29             ` Chengchang Tang
2021-06-14 11:05               ` Ananyev, Konstantin
2021-06-14 14:13                 ` Andrew Rybchenko
2021-04-30  6:26   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH 0/2] add Tx prepare support for bonding device Chengchang Tang
2021-04-30  6:47     ` Min Hu (Connor)
2021-06-03  1:44   ` Chengchang Tang

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