Re: Question about be2net error field, rx_drops_no_pbuf

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On 05/15/2012 01:28 AM, Sathya.Perla@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:

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From: netdev-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:netdev-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Marcelo Leitner

What does 'rx_drops_no_pbuf' mean at be2net driver? I can see it is a
hardware counter for some type of error, which I would like to know
about. What causes it?

All documentation I could find about it is a comment referring firmware

Brief descriptions of the counters are in be_ethtool.c:
/* Received packets dropped due to lack of available HW packet buffers
   * used to temporarily hold the received packets.

pbufs are HW buffers for parking incoming pkts before they are transferred to the host.
You can see this counter go up when the transfer speed of the slot is not fast enough.
lspci -vv?

Oh! My bad, sorry.

NIC is using MTU 9000 bytes. We were seeing a lot of rx_drops_no_frags, then we boosted rx_frag_size to 8192 and it solved all problems for this counter. Then rx_drops_no_pbuf started happening, but in much lower scale: ~14 counter hits for 22TiB RX traffic. It's the only error counter that is different from 0.

Only one port is up.

From be_ethtool.c:
    /* Received packets dropped due to lack of available fetched buffers
     * posted by the driver.

So both counters are related, but handling different error points, right? I was thinking about lowering rx-usecs-high (from 96usec to ~80) to make refilling more frequent. What do you think?

This is a RHEL 5.8 host, btw. lspci -nvv for the port in use:


0b:00.1 Ethernet controller: Emulex Corporation OneConnect 10Gb NIC (rev 02)
0b:00.1 0200: 19a2:0700 (rev 02)
        Subsystem: 103c:1747
Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr+ Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+ Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
        Interrupt: pin B routed to IRQ 59
        Region 1: Memory at d0308000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
        Region 2: Memory at d03a0000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=128K]
        Region 4: Memory at d03e0000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=128K]
        [virtual] Expansion ROM at e0a80000 [disabled] [size=512K]
        Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
Flags: PMEClk- DSI+ D1- D2- AuxCurrent=375mA PME(D0-,D1-,D2-,D3hot+,D3cold+)
                Status: D0 NoSoftRst+ PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
        Capabilities: [48] MSI-X: Enable+ Count=32 Masked-
                Vector table: BAR=1 offset=00002000
                PBA: BAR=1 offset=00003000
        Capabilities: [c0] Express (v2) Endpoint, MSI 00
DevCap: MaxPayload 512 bytes, PhantFunc 0, Latency L0s <1us, L1 <16us
                        ExtTag- AttnBtn- AttnInd- PwrInd- RBE+ FLReset+
DevCtl: Report errors: Correctable- Non-Fatal+ Fatal+ Unsupported- RlxdOrd- ExtTag- PhantFunc- AuxPwr- NoSnoop- FLReset-
                        MaxPayload 256 bytes, MaxReadReq 4096 bytes
DevSta: CorrErr- UncorrErr- FatalErr+ UnsuppReq+ AuxPwr+ TransPend- LnkCap: Port #0, Speed 5GT/s, Width x8, ASPM L0s, Latency L0 <1us, L1 <16us
                        ClockPM- Surprise- LLActRep- BwNot-
LnkCtl: ASPM Disabled; RCB 64 bytes Disabled- Retrain- CommClk-
                        ExtSynch- ClockPM- AutWidDis- BWInt- AutBWInt-
LnkSta: Speed 5GT/s, Width x8, TrErr- Train- SlotClk+ DLActive- BWMgmt- ABWMgmt-
                DevCap2: Completion Timeout: Not Supported, TimeoutDis-
                DevCtl2: Completion Timeout: 50us to 50ms, TimeoutDis-
LnkCtl2: Target Link Speed: 2.5GT/s, EnterCompliance- SpeedDis-, Selectable De-emphasis: -6dB Transmit Margin: Normal Operating Range, EnterModifiedCompliance- ComplianceSOS-
                         Compliance De-emphasis: -6dB
                LnkSta2: Current De-emphasis Level: -6dB
        Capabilities: [100 v1] Advanced Error Reporting
UESta: DLP- SDES- TLP- FCP- CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF- MalfTLP- ECRC- UnsupReq+ ACSViol- UEMsk: DLP- SDES- TLP- FCP- CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF- MalfTLP- ECRC- UnsupReq+ ACSViol- UESvrt: DLP+ SDES+ TLP+ FCP+ CmpltTO+ CmpltAbrt+ UnxCmplt+ RxOF+ MalfTLP+ ECRC- UnsupReq+ ACSViol- CESta: RxErr- BadTLP- BadDLLP- Rollover- Timeout- NonFatalErr- CEMsk: RxErr- BadTLP+ BadDLLP+ Rollover+ Timeout+ NonFatalErr+ AERCap: First Error Pointer: 00, GenCap+ CGenEn- ChkCap+ ChkEn-
        Capabilities: [194 v1] Device Serial Number XXXXXXXX
        Kernel driver in use: be2net
        Kernel modules: be2net

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