On Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:08:34 -0700 Tom Herbert <t...@herbertland.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 7:48 AM, Thomas Graf <tg...@suug.ch> wrote:
> > On 09/21/16 at 07:19am, Tom Herbert wrote:  
> >> certain design that because of constraints on one kernel interface. As
> >> a kernel developer I want flexibility on how we design and implement
> >> things!  
> >
> > Perfectly valid argument. I reviewed your ILA changes and did not
> > object to them.
> >
> >  
> >> I think there are two questions that this patch set poses for the
> >> community wrt XDP:
> >>
> >> #1: Should we allow alternate code to run in XDP other than BPF?
> >> #2: If #1 is true what is the best way to implement that?
> >>
> >> If the answer to #1 is "no" then the answer to #2 is irrelevant. So
> >> with this RFC I'm hoping we can come the agreement on questions #1.  

I vote yes to #1.

> > I'm not opposed to running non-BPF code at XDP. I'm against adding
> > a linked list of hook consumers.

I also worry about the performance impact of a linked list.  We should
simple benchmark it instead of discussing it! ;-)

> > Would anyone require to run XDP-BPF in combination ILA? Or XDP-BPF
> > in combination with a potential XDP-nftables? We don't know yet I
> > guess.
> >  
> Right. Admittedly, I feel like we owe a bit of reciprocity to
> nftables. For ILA we are using the NF_INET_PRE_ROUTING hook with our
> own code (looks like ipvlan set nfhooks as well). This works really
> well and saves the value of early demux in ILA. Had we not had the
> ability to use nfhooks in this fashion it's likely we would have had
> to create another hook (we did try putting translation in nftables
> rules but that was too inefficient for ILA).

Thinking about it, I actually think Tom is proposing a very valid user
of the XDP hook, which is the kernel itself.  And Tom even have a real
first user ILA.  The way I read the ILA-RFC-draft[1], the XDP hook
would benefit the NVE (Network Virtualization Edge) component, which
can run separately or run on the Tenant System, where the latter case
could use XDP_PASS.

[1] https://www.ietf.org/archive/id/draft-herbert-nvo3-ila-02.txt
Best regards,
  Jesper Dangaard Brouer
  MSc.CS, Principal Kernel Engineer at Red Hat
  Author of http://www.iptv-analyzer.org
  LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/brouer

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