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authorEric Dumazet <eric.dumazet@gmail.com>2010-05-15 23:57:10 -0700
committerDavid S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>2010-05-15 23:57:10 -0700
commit3b098e2d7c693796cc4dffb07caa249fc0f70771 (patch)
tree586c4f5dc57988ade175ffc7e4b6d0261b12e166 /Documentation/sysctl
parenta1aa3483041bd3691c7f029272ccef4ce70bd957 (diff)
net: Consistent skb timestamping
With RPS inclusion, skb timestamping is not consistent in RX path. If netif_receive_skb() is used, its deferred after RPS dispatch. If netif_rx() is used, its done before RPS dispatch. This can give strange tcpdump timestamps results. I think timestamping should be done as soon as possible in the receive path, to get meaningful values (ie timestamps taken at the time packet was delivered by NIC driver to our stack), even if NAPI already can defer timestamping a bit (RPS can help to reduce the gap) Tom Herbert prefer to sample timestamps after RPS dispatch. In case sampling is expensive (HPET/acpi_pm on x86), this makes sense. Let admins switch from one mode to another, using a new sysctl, /proc/sys/net/core/netdev_tstamp_prequeue Its default value (1), means timestamps are taken as soon as possible, before backlog queueing, giving accurate timestamps. Setting a 0 value permits to sample timestamps when processing backlog, after RPS dispatch, to lower the load of the pre-RPS cpu. Signed-off-by: Eric Dumazet <eric.dumazet@gmail.com> Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>
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diff --git a/Documentation/sysctl/net.txt b/Documentation/sysctl/net.txt
index df38ef046f8..cbd05ffc606 100644
--- a/Documentation/sysctl/net.txt
+++ b/Documentation/sysctl/net.txt
@@ -84,6 +84,16 @@ netdev_max_backlog
Maximum number of packets, queued on the INPUT side, when the interface
receives packets faster than kernel can process them.
+If set to 0, RX packet timestamps can be sampled after RPS processing, when
+the target CPU processes packets. It might give some delay on timestamps, but
+permit to distribute the load on several cpus.
+If set to 1 (default), timestamps are sampled as soon as possible, before