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From: Stephen Hemminger <stephen@networkplumber.org>
To: Vivien Didelot <vivien.didelot@gmail.com>
Cc: Ferruh Yigit <ferruh.yigit@intel.com>,
	dev@dpdk.org, patrick.keroulas@radio-canada.ca,
	thomas@monjalon.net
Subject: Re: [dpdk-dev] [PATCH 1/2] net/pcap: support software Tx nanosecond timestamp
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2020 14:59:04 -0700
Message-ID: <20200603145904.0dc34319@hermes.lan> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200603162652.GB13716@t480s.localdomain>

On Wed, 3 Jun 2020 16:26:52 -0400
Vivien Didelot <vivien.didelot@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, 3 Jun 2020 13:11:39 -0700, Stephen Hemminger <stephen@networkplumber.org> wrote:
> > On Wed, 3 Jun 2020 18:50:51 +0100
> > Ferruh Yigit <ferruh.yigit@intel.com> wrote:
> >   
> > > On 5/23/2020 6:21 PM, Vivien Didelot wrote:  
> > > > When capturing packets into a PCAP file, DPDK currently uses
> > > > microseconds for the timestamp. But libpcap supports interpreting
> > > > tv_usec as nanoseconds depending on the file timestamp precision.
> > > > 
> > > > To support this, use PCAP_TSTAMP_PRECISION_NANO when creating the
> > > > empty PCAP file as specified by PCAP_OPEN_DEAD(3PCAP) and implement
> > > > nanosecond timeval addition. This also ensures that the precision
> > > > reported by capinfos is nanoseconds (9).    
> > > 
> > > Overall good idea and patch looks good.
> > > 
> > > Only concern is change in the libpcap dependency. Do you know which libpcap
> > > version supports 'PCAP_TSTAMP_PRECISION_NANO'?
> > > If a user of pcap PMD updates to latest DPDK and the environment doesn't have
> > > new version of the libpcap, this change will require an environment update and
> > > this may or may not be easy to do. That is why not sure if the updates require
> > > dependency change should wait for the LTS or not.
> > > 
> > > Another things is the backward compatibility, as far as I understand the pcap
> > > file recorded with nanosecond precision can be read and parsed without problem
> > > by old application that doesn't know the nanosecond precision, but can you
> > > please confirm this?  
> > 
> > We should do pcapng instead of doing the pcap with nano timestamp.
> > My impression is that libpcap is a dormant project at this point, and the
> > finer grain timestamp is a hack that is only in some verisions.
> > That was one of the reasons pcapng started.  
> 
> Reading tv_usec as nanoseconds has been supported for years in libpcap.
> 
> For instance PCAP_TSTAMP_PRECISION_NANO was introduced in ba89e4a18e8b
> ("Make timestamps precision configurable") on May 17, 2013.
> 
> BTW, I have no clue what you mean by "floating point math".

It was a concern that 1e9 constant in C is interpreted as floating point.
But probably a non-issue. Have gotten burned in the past by floating point
creeping into DPDK (in Qos code).




 

  parent reply	other threads:[~2020-06-03 21:59 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-05-23 17:21 Vivien Didelot
2020-05-23 17:21 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH 2/2] net/pcap: add TODO for writing Tx HW timestamp Vivien Didelot
2020-05-24  1:38   ` Stephen Hemminger
2020-06-03 17:31     ` Ferruh Yigit
2020-05-24  1:39 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH 1/2] net/pcap: support software Tx nanosecond timestamp Stephen Hemminger
2020-06-03 17:50 ` Ferruh Yigit
2020-06-03 20:11   ` Stephen Hemminger
     [not found]     ` <20200603162652.GB13716@t480s.localdomain>
2020-06-03 21:59       ` Stephen Hemminger [this message]
2020-06-04 10:52       ` Ferruh Yigit
2020-06-04 11:16         ` Ferruh Yigit
2020-06-04 10:55     ` Ferruh Yigit

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