[dpdk-dev] [PATCH v12 0/6] add Tx preparation
konstantin.ananyev at intel.com
Wed Nov 30 11:59:08 CET 2016
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> > From: Thomas Monjalon [mailto:thomas.monjalon at 6wind.com]
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> > Cc: Tomasz Kulasek <tomaszx.kulasek at intel.com>;
> > konstantin.ananyev at intel.com; olivier.matz at 6wind.com
> > Subject: Re: [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v12 0/6] add Tx preparation
> > We need attention of every PMD developers on this thread.
> > Reminder of what Konstantin suggested:
> > "
> > - if the PMD supports TX offloads AND
> > - if to be able use any of these offloads the upper layer SW would have to:
> > * modify the contents of the packet OR
> > * obey HW specific restrictions
> > then it is a PMD developer responsibility to provide tx_prep() that would
> > implement expected modifications of the packet contents and restriction
> > checks.
> > Otherwise, tx_prep() implementation is not required and can be safely set to
> > NULL.
> > "
> > I copy/paste also my previous conclusion:
> > Before txprep, there is only one API: the application must prepare the
> > packets checksum itself (get_psd_sum in testpmd).
> > With txprep, the application have 2 choices: keep doing the job itself or call
> > txprep which calls a PMD-specific function.
> > The question is: does non-Intel drivers need a checksum preparation for
> > TSO?
> > Will it behave well if txprep does nothing in these drivers?
> > When looking at the code, most of drivers handle the TSO flags.
> > But it is hard to know whether they rely on the pseudo checksum or not.
> > git grep -l 'PKT_TX_UDP_CKSUM\|PKT_TX_TCP_CKSUM\|PKT_TX_TCP_SEG'
> > drivers/net/
> > drivers/net/bnxt/bnxt_txr.c
> > drivers/net/cxgbe/sge.c
> > drivers/net/e1000/em_rxtx.c
> > drivers/net/e1000/igb_rxtx.c
> > drivers/net/ena/ena_ethdev.c
> > drivers/net/enic/enic_rxtx.c
> > drivers/net/fm10k/fm10k_rxtx.c
> > drivers/net/i40e/i40e_rxtx.c
> > drivers/net/ixgbe/ixgbe_rxtx.c
> > drivers/net/mlx4/mlx4.c
> > drivers/net/mlx5/mlx5_rxtx.c
> > drivers/net/nfp/nfp_net.c
> > drivers/net/qede/qede_rxtx.c
> > drivers/net/thunderx/nicvf_rxtx.c
> > drivers/net/virtio/virtio_rxtx.c
> > drivers/net/vmxnet3/vmxnet3_rxtx.c
> > Please, we need a comment for each driver saying "it is OK, we do not need
> > any checksum preparation for TSO"
> > or
> > "yes we have to implement tx_prepare or TSO will not work in this mode"
> I like the idea of tx prep since it should make for cleaner apps.
> For enic, I believe the answer is " it is OK, we do not need any checksum preparation".
> Prior to now, it was necessary to set IP checksum to 0 and put in a TCP/UDP pseudo header. But there is a hardware overwrite of
> checksums option which makes preparation in software unnecessary and it is testing out well so far. I plan to enable it in 17.02. TSO is also
> being enabled for 17.02 and it does not look like any prep is required. So I'm going with " txprep NULL pointer is OK for enic", but may have
> to change my mind if something comes up in testing.
That's great thanks.
Other non-Intel PMD maintainers, please any feedback?
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