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[PATCHv2 10/14] virtio_net: limit xmit polling



Current code might introduce a lot of latency variation
if there are many pending bufs at the time we
attempt to transmit a new one. This is bad for
real-time applications and can't be good for TCP either.

Free up just enough to both clean up all buffers
eventually and to be able to xmit the next packet.

Signed-off-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@xxxxxxxxxx>
---
 drivers/net/virtio_net.c |   22 ++++++++++++++--------
 1 files changed, 14 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/virtio_net.c b/drivers/net/virtio_net.c
index f33c92b..42935cb 100644
--- a/drivers/net/virtio_net.c
+++ b/drivers/net/virtio_net.c
@@ -509,17 +509,25 @@ again:
 	return received;
 }
 
-static void free_old_xmit_skbs(struct virtnet_info *vi)
+static bool free_old_xmit_skbs(struct virtnet_info *vi, int capacity)
 {
 	struct sk_buff *skb;
 	unsigned int len;
-
-	while ((skb = virtqueue_get_buf(vi->svq, &len)) != NULL) {
+	bool c;
+	int n;
+
+	/* We try to free up at least 2 skbs per one sent, so that we'll get
+	 * all of the memory back if they are used fast enough. */
+	for (n = 0;
+	     ((c = virtqueue_get_capacity(vi->svq) < capacity) || n < 2) &&
+	     ((skb = virtqueue_get_buf(vi->svq, &len)));
+	     ++n) {
 		pr_debug("Sent skb %p\n", skb);
 		vi->dev->stats.tx_bytes += skb->len;
 		vi->dev->stats.tx_packets++;
 		dev_kfree_skb_any(skb);
 	}
+	return !c;
 }
 
 static int xmit_skb(struct virtnet_info *vi, struct sk_buff *skb)
@@ -574,8 +582,8 @@ static netdev_tx_t start_xmit(struct sk_buff *skb, struct net_device *dev)
 	struct virtnet_info *vi = netdev_priv(dev);
 	int capacity;
 
-	/* Free up any pending old buffers before queueing new ones. */
-	free_old_xmit_skbs(vi);
+	/* Free enough pending old buffers to enable queueing new ones. */
+	free_old_xmit_skbs(vi, 2+MAX_SKB_FRAGS);
 
 	/* Try to transmit */
 	capacity = xmit_skb(vi, skb);
@@ -609,9 +617,7 @@ static netdev_tx_t start_xmit(struct sk_buff *skb, struct net_device *dev)
 		netif_stop_queue(dev);
 		if (unlikely(!virtqueue_enable_cb_delayed(vi->svq))) {
 			/* More just got used, free them then recheck. */
-			free_old_xmit_skbs(vi);
-			capacity = virtqueue_get_capacity(vi->svq);
-			if (capacity >= 2+MAX_SKB_FRAGS) {
+			if (!likely(free_old_xmit_skbs(vi, 2+MAX_SKB_FRAGS))) {
 				netif_start_queue(dev);
 				virtqueue_disable_cb(vi->svq);
 			}
-- 
1.7.5.53.gc233e

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