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Subject: Re: [virtio-dev] [RFC PATCH net-next v2 1/2] virtio_net: Introduce VIRTIO_NET_F_BACKUP feature bit

On 1/22/2018 4:05 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 03:27:40PM -0800, Samudrala, Sridhar wrote:
You could probably
even handle the Tx queue selection via a simple eBPF program and map
since the input for whatever is used to select Tx should be pretty
simple, destination MAC, source NUMA node, etc, and the data-set
shouldn't be too large.
That sounds interesting. A separate device might make this kind of setup
a bit easier.  Sridhar, did you look into creating a separate device for
the virtual bond device at all?  It does not have to be in a separate
module, that kind of refactoring can come later, but once we commit to
using the same single device as virtio, we can't change that.
No. I haven't looked into creating a separate device. If we are going to
create a new
device, i guess it has to be of a new device type with its own driver.
Well not necessarily - just a separate netdev ops.
Kind of like e.g. vlans share a driver with the main driver.

Not sure what you meant by vlans sharing a driver with the main driver.
IIUC, vlans are supported via 802.1q driver and  creates a netdev of type 'vlan'
with vlan_netdev_ops

As we are using virtio_net to control and manage the VF data path, it is not
clear to me
what is the advantage of creating a new device rather than extending
virtio_net to manage
the VF datapath via transparent bond mechanism.

So that XDP redirect actions can differentiate between virtio, PT
device and the bond. Without it there's no way to redirect
to virtio specifically.
I guess this usecase is for a guest admin to add bpf programs to VF netdev and
redirect frames to virtio.  How does bond enable this feature?


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