[dpdk-dev] [PATCH 1/3] mbuf:add two TX offload flags and change three fields

Olivier MATZ olivier.matz at 6wind.com
Fri Nov 28 11:45:56 CET 2014

Hi Konstantin,

On 11/27/2014 06:01 PM, Ananyev, Konstantin wrote:
>> Yes, I think it could be done that way too.
>> Though I still prefer to keep l4tun_len - it makes things a bit cleaner (at least to me).
>> After all  we do have space for it in mbuf's tx_offload.
> As one more thing in favour of separate l4tun_len field:
> l2_len is 7 bit long, so in theory it might be not enough, as for FVL:
> 12:18 L4TUNLEN L4 Tunneling Length (Teredo / GRE header / VXLAN header) defined in Words. 

The l2_len field is 7 bits long because it was mapped to ixgbe hardware.
If it's not enough (although I'm not sure it's possible to have a header
larger than 128 bytes in this case), it's probably because we should
not have been doing that.
Maybe these generic fields should be generic :)
If it's not enough, what about changing l2_len to 8 bits?

Often in the recent discussions, I see as an argument "fortville needs
this so we need to add it in the mbuf". I agree that currently
fortville is the only hardware supported for the new features, so it
can make sense to act like this, but we have to accept to come back
to this API in the future if it makes less sense with other drivers.

Also, application developers can be annoyed to see that the mbuf flags
and meta data are just duplicating information that is already present
in the packet.

About the l4tun_len, it's another field the application has to fill,
but it's maybe cleaner. I just wanted to clarify why I'm discussing
these points.


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