Re: RFC: using NIC DMA ring as tracing buffer?

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Hi Mathieu,

On Tue, Apr 16, 2024 at 10:49 AM Mathieu Desnoyers
<mathieu.desnoyers@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 2024-04-16 10:41, Alexander Aring wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I have an idea about using the DMA rings of a networking card as a
> > tracing buffer.
> The first thing I'd be worried about is overhead caused by
> false-sharing if you trace a large SMP/many-core system all
> into the same global NIC buffer. The cache lines will bounce
> left and right which is bad performance-wise.

modern NICs have several tx and rx dma rings. There is an ethtool
command to query the number:

sudo ethtool -g $IFACE

so it depends on the hardware if you can pin one or more rings on a
per-cpu buffer basis.

I hope that somehow helps to make this idea less worrisome.


- Alex

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