[Intel-wired-lan] [PATCH net-next v1 3/7] taprio: Add the skeleton to enable hardware offloading

Jakub Kicinski jakub.kicinski at netronome.com
Wed May 29 19:14:40 UTC 2019

On Wed, 29 May 2019 17:06:49 +0000, Patel, Vedang wrote:
> > On May 28, 2019, at 3:45 PM, Jakub Kicinski <jakub.kicinski at netronome.com> wrote:
> > On Tue, 28 May 2019 10:46:44 -0700, Vedang Patel wrote:  
> >> From: Vinicius Costa Gomes <vinicius.gomes at intel.com>
> >> 
> >> This adds the UAPI and the core bits necessary for userspace to
> >> request hardware offloading to be enabled.
> >> 
> >> The future commits will enable hybrid or full offloading for taprio. This
> >> commit sets up the infrastructure to enable it via the netlink interface.
> >> 
> >> Signed-off-by: Vinicius Costa Gomes <vinicius.gomes at intel.com>
> >> Signed-off-by: Vedang Patel <vedang.patel at intel.com>  
> > 
> > Other qdiscs offload by default, this offload-level selection here is a
> > little bit inconsistent with that :(
> >   
> There are 2 different offload modes introduced in this patch.
> 1. Txtime offload mode: This mode depends on skip_sock_check flag being set in the etf qdisc. Also, it requires some manual configuration which might be specific to the network adapter card. For example, for the i210 card, the user will have to route all the traffic to the highest priority queue and install etf qdisc with offload enabled on that queue. So, I don’t think this mode should be enabled by default.

Excellent, it looks like there will be driver patches necessary for
this offload to function, also it seems your offload enable function
still contains this after the series:

	/* FIXME: enable offloading */

Please only post offload infrastructure when fully fleshed out and with
driver patches making use of it.

> 2. Full offload mode: This mode is currently not supported by any network driver. The support for this will be coming soon. But, we can enable this mode by default. 
> Also, from what Vinicius tells me, offload modes for cbs, etf and mqprio are also disabled by default. So, it will make more sense to keep it disabled to be consistent with other qdiscs similar to this one.

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