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Re: [PATCH RFC 2/3] virtio_net: fix tx capacity checks using new API

On Thu, Jun 02, 2011 at 11:40:26AM +0930, Rusty Russell wrote:
> On Wed, 1 Jun 2011 12:49:54 +0300, "Michael S. Tsirkin" <mst@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > In the (rare) case where new descriptors are used
> > while virtio_net enables vq callback for the TX vq,
> > virtio_net uses the number of sg entries in the skb it frees to
> > calculate how many descriptors in the ring have just been made
> > available.  But this value is an overestimate: with indirect buffers
> > each skb only uses one descriptor entry, meaning we may wake the queue
> > only to find we still can't transmit anything.
> This is a bit misleading.
> The value is an overestimate, but so is the requirement for
> 2+MAX_SKB_FRAGS, *unless* we suddenly drop into direct mode due to OOM.
> Thanks,
> Rusty.

I agree, it's unlikely.

s/still can't transmit anything/are still out of space and need to stop
the ring almost at once/

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