[Intel-wired-lan] Driver has suspect GRO implementation, TCP performance may be compromised.

Eric Dumazet eric.dumazet at gmail.com
Thu May 30 23:56:15 UTC 2019

On 5/30/19 3:52 PM, Alexander Duyck wrote:

> Actually I think there are some parts that don't have any receive
> limits that are supported by the e1000 part. What ends up happening is
> that we only drop the packet if it spans more than one buffer if I
> recall correctly, and buffer size is determined by MTU.
> I always thought MTU only applied to transmit since it is kind of in
> the name. As a result I am pretty sure igb and ixgbe will be able to
> trigger this warning under certain circumstances as well. Also what
> about the case where someone sets the MTU to less than 1500? I think
> most NICs probably don't update their limits in such a case and
> wouldn't it also trigger a similar error?

Linux does not have a notion of MRU, mtu is used for both tx and rx.

Most NIC drivers allocate skb of the maximal size (derived from netdev->mtu)
and program the NIC to drop packets bigger than X bytes  (X also derived from netdev->mtu)

Another interesting point is that Paul host is receiving big packets,
that means that one host in his local network is overriding the 1500 MTU :)

Eventually we could add a netdev->mru and allow few drivers to set
their maximal mru, if bigger than netdev->mtu.

e1000e would probably set netdev->mru to 2048 - sizeof(ethernet headers), if
the driver is operating at MTU = 1500

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