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Re: [PATCHv2 RFC 3/4] virtio_net: limit xmit polling

On Thu, Jun 02, 2011 at 06:43:17PM +0300, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> 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>

I've been testing this patch and it seems to work fine
so far. The following fixups are needed to make it
build though:

diff --git a/drivers/net/virtio_net.c b/drivers/net/virtio_net.c
index b25db1c..77cdf34 100644
--- a/drivers/net/virtio_net.c
+++ b/drivers/net/virtio_net.c
@@ -529,11 +529,8 @@ static bool free_old_xmit_skb(struct virtnet_info *vi)
  * virtqueue_add_buf will succeed. */
 static bool free_xmit_capacity(struct virtnet_info *vi)
-	struct sk_buff *skb;
-	unsigned int len;
 	while (virtqueue_min_capacity(vi->svq) < MAX_SKB_FRAGS + 2)
-		if (unlikely(!free_old_xmit_skb))
+		if (unlikely(!free_old_xmit_skb(vi)))
 			return false;
 	return true;
@@ -628,7 +625,7 @@ static netdev_tx_t start_xmit(struct sk_buff *skb, struct net_device *dev)
 	 * Doing this after kick means there's a chance we'll free
 	 * the skb we have just sent, which is hot in cache. */
 	for (i = 0; i < 2; i++)
-		free_old_xmit_skb(v);
+		free_old_xmit_skb(vi);
 	if (likely(free_xmit_capacity(vi)))
 		return NETDEV_TX_OK;
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