Re: [PATCH net] virtio-net: reject small vring sizes

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On Sun, Apr 23, 2023 at 12:28:49PM +0000, Alvaro Karsz wrote:
> > > > The rest of stuff can probably just be moved to after find_vqs without
> > > > much pain.
> > > >
> > > Actually, I think that with a little bit of pain :)
> > > If we use small vrings and a GRO feature bit is set, Linux will need to allocate 64KB of continuous memory for every receive descriptor..
> > 
> > Oh right. Hmm. Well this is same as big packets though, isn't it?
> > 
> Well, when VIRTIO_NET_F_MRG_RXBUF is not negotiated and one of the GRO features is, the receive buffers are page size buffers chained together to form a 64K buffer.
> In this case, do all the chained descriptors actually point to a single block of continuous memory, or is it possible for the descriptors to point to pages spread all over?
> > 
> > > Instead of failing probe if GRO/CVQ are set, can we just reset the device if we discover small vrings and start over?
> > > Can we remember that this device uses small vrings, and then just avoid negotiating the features that we cannot support?
> > 
> > 
> > We technically can of course. I am just not sure supporting CVQ with just 1 s/g entry will
> > ever be viable.
> Even if we won't support 1 s/g entry, do we want to fail probe in such cases?
> We could just disable the CVQ feature (with reset, as suggested before).
> I'm not saying that we should, just raising the option.

OK I'm convinced, reset and re-negotiate seems cleaner.


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