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SubjectRe: [net-next v5 PATCH] page_pool: handle page recycle for NUMA_NO_NODE condition
On Fri, 20 Dec 2019 12:49:37 +0200
Ilias Apalodimas <ilias.apalodimas@linaro.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 11:41:16AM +0100, Jesper Dangaard Brouer wrote:
> > On Fri, 20 Dec 2019 12:23:14 +0200
> > Ilias Apalodimas <ilias.apalodimas@linaro.org> wrote:
> >
> > > Hi Jesper,
> > >
> > > I like the overall approach since this moves the check out of the hotpath.
> > > @Saeed, since i got no hardware to test this on, would it be possible to check
> > > that it still works fine for mlx5?
> > >
> > > [...]
> > > > + struct ptr_ring *r = &pool->ring;
> > > > + struct page *page;
> > > > + int pref_nid; /* preferred NUMA node */
> > > > +
> > > > + /* Quicker fallback, avoid locks when ring is empty */
> > > > + if (__ptr_ring_empty(r))
> > > > + return NULL;
> > > > +
> > > > + /* Softirq guarantee CPU and thus NUMA node is stable. This,
> > > > + * assumes CPU refilling driver RX-ring will also run RX-NAPI.
> > > > + */
> > > > + pref_nid = (pool->p.nid == NUMA_NO_NODE) ? numa_mem_id() : pool->p.nid;
> > >
> > > One of the use cases for this is that during the allocation we are not
> > > guaranteed to pick up the correct NUMA node.
> > > This will get automatically fixed once the driver starts recycling packets.
> > >
> > > I don't feel strongly about this, since i don't usually like hiding value
> > > changes from the user but, would it make sense to move this into
> > > __page_pool_alloc_pages_slow() and change the pool->p.nid?
> > >
> > > Since alloc_pages_node() will replace NUMA_NO_NODE with numa_mem_id()
> > > regardless, why not store the actual node in our page pool information?
> > > You can then skip this and check pool->p.nid == numa_mem_id(), regardless of
> > > what's configured.
> >
> > This single code line helps support that drivers can control the nid
> > themselves. This is a feature that is only used my mlx5 AFAIK.
> >
> > I do think that is useful to allow the driver to "control" the nid, as
> > pinning/preferring the pages to come from the NUMA node that matches
> > the PCI-e controller hardware is installed in does have benefits.
>
> Sure you can keep the if statement as-is, it won't break anything.
> Would we want to store the actual numa id in pool->p.nid if the user
> selects 'NUMA_NO_NODE'?

No. pool->p.nid should stay as NUMA_NO_NODE, because that makes it
dynamic. If someone moves an RX IRQ to another CPU on another NUMA
node, then this 'NUMA_NO_NODE' setting makes pages transitioned
automatically.

--
Best regards,
Jesper Dangaard Brouer
MSc.CS, Principal Kernel Engineer at Red Hat
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/brouer

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