[dpdk-dev] [PATCH v8 10/10] app/testpmd:test VxLAN Tx checksum offload
olivier.matz at 6wind.com
Wed Nov 12 14:05:47 CET 2014
On 11/12/2014 10:55 AM, Ananyev, Konstantin wrote:
>> From an API perspective, it looks a bit more complex to have to call
>> dev_prep_tx() before sending the packets if they have been flagged
>> for offload processing. But I admit I have no other argument. I'll be
>> happy to have more comments from other people on the list.
>> I'm sending a first version of the patchset now as it's ready, it does
>> not take in account this comment, but I'm open to add it in a v2 if
>> there is a consensus on this.
>> Now, knowing that:
>> - adding dev_prep_tx() will also concern hw checksum (TCP L4 checksum
>> already requires to set the TCP pseudo header checksum), so adding
>> this will change the API of an existing feature
>> - TSO is a new feature expected for 1.8 (which should be out soon)
>> Do you think we need to include this for 1.8 or can we postpone your
>> proposition for after the 1.8 release?
> I'd say it would be good to have it done together with TSO feature.
> About changing API: I think existing applications shouldn't be affected.
> For existing PMDs/TX offloads we don't change any rules what need to be filled by the app.
> We just add a new function that can do that for user.
> If the app fills required manually (as all apps have to do now) it would keep working as expected.
I agree, this proposition could work without changing the current
> If you feel like it is too much work for 1.8 timeframe -
> can we at least move fix_tcp_phdr_cksum() out of TX PMD as a temporary measure?
> Let say create a function get_ipv4_udptcp_checksum(struct rte_mbuf *m) (in librte_net ?).
> It will calculate PSD checksum for both TSO and non-TSO case based on given mbuf flags/fields.
> Then we can update testpmd/csumonly.c to use it.
I'm not sure having get_ipv4_udptcp_checksum() in librte_net would
help. The value we have to set in the TCP checksum field depends on the
PMD (altought only ixgbe is supported now). So, it would require
another parameter <portid> and a new PMD eth_ops... which looks very
similar to dev_prep_tx() (except that dev_prep_tx() can be bulked).
I think a stack will not be able to call get_udptcp_checksum(m ,port)
because it does not know the physical port at the time the packet is
built. Moreover, calling a function through a pointer is more efficient
when bulked. So I think the dev_prep_tx() you initially describe is
a better answer to the problem.
I don't know what is the exact timeframe for 1.8, maybe Thomas can help
on this? Depending on it, we have several options:
- implement dev_prep_tx() for 1.8 in the TSO series: this implies that
the community agrees on this new API. We need to check that it will
be faster in a pipeline model (I think this is obvious) but also that
it does not penalize the run-to-completion model: introducing another
function dev_prep_tx() can result in duplicated tests in the driver
(ex: test the offload flag values).
- postpone dev_prep_tx() or similar to next version and push the current
TSO patchset (including the comments done on the list). It does not
modify the current offload API, it provides the TSO feature on ixgbe
based on a similar API concept (set the TCP phdr cksum). The drawback
is a potential performance loss when using a pipeline model.
- another option that you may prefer is to bind the API behavior to
ixgbe (for 1.8): we can ask the application to set the pseudo-header
checksum without the IP len when doing TSO, as required by the ixgbe
driver. Then, for next release, we can think about dev_prep_tx(). The
drawback of this solution is that we may go back on this choice if the
dev_prep_tx() approach is not validated by the community.
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