Re: [PATCH net-next] virtio_net: Add TX stop and wake counters

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On Fri, 2 Feb 2024 14:52:59 +0800 Jason Xing wrote:
> > Can you say more? I'm curious what's your use case.  
> I'm not working at Nvidia, so my point of view may differ from theirs.
> From what I can tell is that those two counters help me narrow down
> the range if I have to diagnose/debug some issues.

right, i'm asking to collect useful debugging tricks, nothing against
the patch itself :)

> 1) I sometimes notice that if some irq is held too long (say, one
> simple case: output of printk printed to the console), those two
> counters can reflect the issue.
> 2) Similarly in virtio net, recently I traced such counters the
> current kernel does not have and it turned out that one of the output
> queues in the backend behaves badly.
> ...
> Stop/wake queue counters may not show directly the root cause of the
> issue, but help us 'guess' to some extent.

I'm surprised you say you can detect stall-related issues with this.
I guess virtio doesn't have BQL support, which makes it special.
Normal HW drivers with BQL almost never stop the queue by themselves.
I mean - if they do, and BQL is active, then the system is probably
misconfigured (queue is too short). This is what we use at Meta to
detect stalls in drivers with BQL:

Daniel, I think this may be a good enough excuse to add per-queue stats
to the netdev genl family, if you're up for that. LMK if you want more
info, otherwise I guess ethtool -S is fine for now.

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