[ovs-dev] Flow Control and Port Mirroring
rusty at rustcorp.com.au
Mon Nov 8 03:11:23 UTC 2010
On Sat, 30 Oct 2010 01:29:33 pm Simon Horman wrote:
> [ CCed VHOST contacts ]
> On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 01:22:02PM -0700, Jesse Gross wrote:
> > On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 4:54 AM, Simon Horman <horms at verge.net.au> wrote:
> > > My reasoning is that in the non-mirroring case the guest is
> > > limited by the external interface through wich the packets
> > > eventually flow - that is 1Gbit/s. But in the mirrored either
> > > there is no flow control or the flow control is acting on the
> > > rate of dummy0, which is essentailly infinate.
> > >
> > > Before investigating this any further I wanted to ask if
> > > this behaviour is intentional.
> > It's not intentional but I can take a guess at what is happening.
> > When we send the packet to a mirror, the skb is cloned but only the
> > original skb is charged to the sender. If the original packet is
> > delivered to localhost then it will be freed quickly and no longer
> > accounted for, despite the fact that the "real" packet is still
> > sitting in the transmit queue on the NIC. The UDP stack will then
> > send the next packet, limited only by the speed of the CPU.
> That would explain what I have observed.
I can't find the thread (what is ovs-dev?), but I think the tap device
has this fundamental feature: you can blast as many packets as you want
If that's a bad thing, we have to look harder...
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