[v2] doc: update RSS action with best effort
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Ori Kam Aug. 4, 2020, 8:13 a.m. UTC
Using the rte_flow action RSS types field,
may result in undefined outcome.

For example selecting both UDP and TCP,
selecting TCP RSS type but the pattern is targeting UDP traffic.
another option is that the PMD doesn't support all requested types.

Until now, it wasn't clear what will happen in such cases.
This commit clarify this issue by stating that the PMD
will work in the best-effort mode.

Signed-off-by: Ori Kam <orika@mellanox.com>
---
v2:
 * Based on ML, update that using only unsupported hash type
   may cause the flow to be rejected by PMD.
---
 doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst | 11 +++++++++++
 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+)

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Ori Kam Aug. 5, 2020, 12:39 p.m. UTC | #1
Hi All,

Can you please review and ack it? so it will be merged in 20.08 version.

Thanks,
Ori

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ori Kam <orika@mellanox.com>
> 
> Using the rte_flow action RSS types field,
> may result in undefined outcome.
> 
> For example selecting both UDP and TCP,
> selecting TCP RSS type but the pattern is targeting UDP traffic.
> another option is that the PMD doesn't support all requested types.
> 
> Until now, it wasn't clear what will happen in such cases.
> This commit clarify this issue by stating that the PMD
> will work in the best-effort mode.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Ori Kam <orika@mellanox.com>
> ---
> v2:
>  * Based on ML, update that using only unsupported hash type
>    may cause the flow to be rejected by PMD.
> ---
>  doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst | 11 +++++++++++
>  1 file changed, 11 insertions(+)
> 
> diff --git a/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
> b/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
> index 3e5cd1e..d730b66 100644
> --- a/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
> +++ b/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
> @@ -1735,6 +1735,17 @@ unspecified "best-effort" settings from the
> underlying PMD, which depending
>  on the flow rule, may result in anything ranging from empty (single queue)
>  to all-inclusive RSS.
> 
> +Best effort will be used, in case there is a conflict inside the rule.
> +The conflict can be the result of:
> +
> +- Conflicting RSS types, for example setting both UDP and TCP.
> +
> +- Conflicting between RSS types and the requested pattern to match,
> +  for example matching on UDP and hashing RSS on TCP.
> +
> +If requested RSS hash type is not supported,
> +and no supported hash type is requested then the PMD may reject the flow.
> +
>  Note: RSS hash result is stored in the ``hash.rss`` mbuf field which
>  overlaps ``hash.fdir.lo``. Since `Action: MARK`_ sets the ``hash.fdir.hi``
>  field only, both can be requested simultaneously.
> --
> 1.8.3.1
Andrew Rybchenko Aug. 5, 2020, 1:39 p.m. UTC | #2
On 8/4/20 11:13 AM, Ori Kam wrote:
> Using the rte_flow action RSS types field,
> may result in undefined outcome.
> 
> For example selecting both UDP and TCP,
> selecting TCP RSS type but the pattern is targeting UDP traffic.
> another option is that the PMD doesn't support all requested types.
> 
> Until now, it wasn't clear what will happen in such cases.
> This commit clarify this issue by stating that the PMD
> will work in the best-effort mode.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Ori Kam <orika@mellanox.com>
> ---
> v2:
>  * Based on ML, update that using only unsupported hash type
>    may cause the flow to be rejected by PMD.
> ---
>  doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst | 11 +++++++++++
>  1 file changed, 11 insertions(+)
> 
> diff --git a/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst b/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
> index 3e5cd1e..d730b66 100644
> --- a/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
> +++ b/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
> @@ -1735,6 +1735,17 @@ unspecified "best-effort" settings from the underlying PMD, which depending
>  on the flow rule, may result in anything ranging from empty (single queue)
>  to all-inclusive RSS.
>  
> +Best effort will be used, in case there is a conflict inside the rule.
> +The conflict can be the result of:
> +
> +- Conflicting RSS types, for example setting both UDP and TCP.

Thinking more about it, I see no conflict at all. It is common
to specify both TCP and UDP in hash function if user wants to
take TCP ports for TCP packets and UDP ports for UDP into
account.

> +
> +- Conflicting between RSS types and the requested pattern to match,
> +  for example matching on UDP and hashing RSS on TCP.

I'd not name it a conflict either. It is just common rule when
applicable fields are used only.

> +
> +If requested RSS hash type is not supported,
> +and no supported hash type is requested then the PMD may reject the flow.
> +

I disagree with such description. If requested RSS hash type is
not supported (not present in dev_info.flow_type_rss_offloads),
it must be rejected and error returned.
If requested RSS hash type is not supported for a packet
matching the rule, but supported in general (present in
dev_info.flow_type_rss_offloads), part of RSS hash type
specification may be ignored and only applicable bits are used.
If result is empty, PMD may reject the flow rule.

>  Note: RSS hash result is stored in the ``hash.rss`` mbuf field which
>  overlaps ``hash.fdir.lo``. Since `Action: MARK`_ sets the ``hash.fdir.hi``
>  field only, both can be requested simultaneously.
>
Ori Kam Aug. 5, 2020, 2:08 p.m. UTC | #3
Hi Andrew,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrew Rybchenko <arybchenko@solarflare.com>
> 
> On 8/4/20 11:13 AM, Ori Kam wrote:
> > Using the rte_flow action RSS types field,
> > may result in undefined outcome.
> >
> > For example selecting both UDP and TCP,
> > selecting TCP RSS type but the pattern is targeting UDP traffic.
> > another option is that the PMD doesn't support all requested types.
> >
> > Until now, it wasn't clear what will happen in such cases.
> > This commit clarify this issue by stating that the PMD
> > will work in the best-effort mode.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Ori Kam <orika@mellanox.com>
> > ---
> > v2:
> >  * Based on ML, update that using only unsupported hash type
> >    may cause the flow to be rejected by PMD.
> > ---
> >  doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst | 11 +++++++++++
> >  1 file changed, 11 insertions(+)
> >
> > diff --git a/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
> b/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
> > index 3e5cd1e..d730b66 100644
> > --- a/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
> > +++ b/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
> > @@ -1735,6 +1735,17 @@ unspecified "best-effort" settings from the
> underlying PMD, which depending
> >  on the flow rule, may result in anything ranging from empty (single queue)
> >  to all-inclusive RSS.
> >
> > +Best effort will be used, in case there is a conflict inside the rule.
> > +The conflict can be the result of:
> > +
> > +- Conflicting RSS types, for example setting both UDP and TCP.
> 
> Thinking more about it, I see no conflict at all. It is common
> to specify both TCP and UDP in hash function if user wants to
> take TCP ports for TCP packets and UDP ports for UDP into
> account.
> 
I fully agree with you that it is common to use both UDP and TCP and
expect it to work based on the traffic. this is the point of this patch.
To clarify that this is valid input and the PMD will work in best effort mode.

> > +
> > +- Conflicting between RSS types and the requested pattern to match,
> > +  for example matching on UDP and hashing RSS on TCP.
> 
> I'd not name it a conflict either. It is just common rule when
> applicable fields are used only.
> 
Just like my comment from above.

> > +
> > +If requested RSS hash type is not supported,
> > +and no supported hash type is requested then the PMD may reject the flow.
> > +
> 
> I disagree with such description. If requested RSS hash type is
> not supported (not present in dev_info.flow_type_rss_offloads),
> it must be rejected and error returned.
> If requested RSS hash type is not supported for a packet
> matching the rule, but supported in general (present in
> dev_info.flow_type_rss_offloads), part of RSS hash type
> specification may be ignored and only applicable bits are used.
> If result is empty, PMD may reject the flow rule.
> 
The flow should be rejected even if it is used with some type that is supported?


> >  Note: RSS hash result is stored in the ``hash.rss`` mbuf field which
> >  overlaps ``hash.fdir.lo``. Since `Action: MARK`_ sets the ``hash.fdir.hi``
> >  field only, both can be requested simultaneously.
> >
Andrew Rybchenko Aug. 6, 2020, 12:14 p.m. UTC | #4
On 8/5/20 5:08 PM, Ori Kam wrote:
> Hi Andrew,
> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Andrew Rybchenko <arybchenko@solarflare.com>
>>
>> On 8/4/20 11:13 AM, Ori Kam wrote:
>>> Using the rte_flow action RSS types field,
>>> may result in undefined outcome.
>>>
>>> For example selecting both UDP and TCP,
>>> selecting TCP RSS type but the pattern is targeting UDP traffic.
>>> another option is that the PMD doesn't support all requested types.
>>>
>>> Until now, it wasn't clear what will happen in such cases.
>>> This commit clarify this issue by stating that the PMD
>>> will work in the best-effort mode.
>>>
>>> Signed-off-by: Ori Kam <orika@mellanox.com>
>>> ---
>>> v2:
>>>  * Based on ML, update that using only unsupported hash type
>>>    may cause the flow to be rejected by PMD.
>>> ---
>>>  doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst | 11 +++++++++++
>>>  1 file changed, 11 insertions(+)
>>>
>>> diff --git a/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
>> b/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
>>> index 3e5cd1e..d730b66 100644
>>> --- a/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
>>> +++ b/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
>>> @@ -1735,6 +1735,17 @@ unspecified "best-effort" settings from the
>> underlying PMD, which depending
>>>  on the flow rule, may result in anything ranging from empty (single queue)
>>>  to all-inclusive RSS.
>>>
>>> +Best effort will be used, in case there is a conflict inside the rule.
>>> +The conflict can be the result of:
>>> +
>>> +- Conflicting RSS types, for example setting both UDP and TCP.
>>
>> Thinking more about it, I see no conflict at all. It is common
>> to specify both TCP and UDP in hash function if user wants to
>> take TCP ports for TCP packets and UDP ports for UDP into
>> account.
>>
> I fully agree with you that it is common to use both UDP and TCP and
> expect it to work based on the traffic. this is the point of this patch.
> To clarify that this is valid input and the PMD will work in best effort mode.

Just don't name it "Conflicting RSS types", may be
"Non-applicable RSS types", but it collapses two
bullets into one.

> 
>>> +
>>> +- Conflicting between RSS types and the requested pattern to match,
>>> +  for example matching on UDP and hashing RSS on TCP.
>>
>> I'd not name it a conflict either. It is just common rule when
>> applicable fields are used only.
>>
> Just like my comment from above.
> 
>>> +
>>> +If requested RSS hash type is not supported,
>>> +and no supported hash type is requested then the PMD may reject the flow.
>>> +
>>
>> I disagree with such description. If requested RSS hash type is
>> not supported (not present in dev_info.flow_type_rss_offloads),
>> it must be rejected and error returned.
>> If requested RSS hash type is not supported for a packet
>> matching the rule, but supported in general (present in
>> dev_info.flow_type_rss_offloads), part of RSS hash type
>> specification may be ignored and only applicable bits are used.
>> If result is empty, PMD may reject the flow rule.
>>
> The flow should be rejected even if it is used with some type that is supported?

Yes, if user ask for something what is not supported at all,
it is a problem and user should be notified. May be it is
too restrictive, but I'd prefer this way.
User has all required information in dev_info and can
remove unsupported hash types from request. IMHO, it
should enforce user check the result to be not empty and
handle it properly.

> 
> 
>>>  Note: RSS hash result is stored in the ``hash.rss`` mbuf field which
>>>  overlaps ``hash.fdir.lo``. Since `Action: MARK`_ sets the ``hash.fdir.hi``
>>>  field only, both can be requested simultaneously.
>>>
>
Ori Kam Aug. 6, 2020, 4:55 p.m. UTC | #5
Hi Andrew,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrew Rybchenko <arybchenko@solarflare.com>
> On 8/5/20 5:08 PM, Ori Kam wrote:
> > Hi Andrew,
> >
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Andrew Rybchenko <arybchenko@solarflare.com>
> >>
> >> On 8/4/20 11:13 AM, Ori Kam wrote:
> >>> Using the rte_flow action RSS types field,
> >>> may result in undefined outcome.
> >>>
> >>> For example selecting both UDP and TCP,
> >>> selecting TCP RSS type but the pattern is targeting UDP traffic.
> >>> another option is that the PMD doesn't support all requested types.
> >>>
> >>> Until now, it wasn't clear what will happen in such cases.
> >>> This commit clarify this issue by stating that the PMD
> >>> will work in the best-effort mode.
> >>>
> >>> Signed-off-by: Ori Kam <orika@mellanox.com>
> >>> ---
> >>> v2:
> >>>  * Based on ML, update that using only unsupported hash type
> >>>    may cause the flow to be rejected by PMD.
> >>> ---
> >>>  doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst | 11 +++++++++++
> >>>  1 file changed, 11 insertions(+)
> >>>
> >>> diff --git a/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
> >> b/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
> >>> index 3e5cd1e..d730b66 100644
> >>> --- a/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
> >>> +++ b/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
> >>> @@ -1735,6 +1735,17 @@ unspecified "best-effort" settings from the
> >> underlying PMD, which depending
> >>>  on the flow rule, may result in anything ranging from empty (single queue)
> >>>  to all-inclusive RSS.
> >>>
> >>> +Best effort will be used, in case there is a conflict inside the rule.
> >>> +The conflict can be the result of:
> >>> +
> >>> +- Conflicting RSS types, for example setting both UDP and TCP.
> >>
> >> Thinking more about it, I see no conflict at all. It is common
> >> to specify both TCP and UDP in hash function if user wants to
> >> take TCP ports for TCP packets and UDP ports for UDP into
> >> account.
> >>
> > I fully agree with you that it is common to use both UDP and TCP and
> > expect it to work based on the traffic. this is the point of this patch.
> > To clarify that this is valid input and the PMD will work in best effort mode.
> 
> Just don't name it "Conflicting RSS types", may be
> "Non-applicable RSS types", but it collapses two
> bullets into one.

Will rephrase.
> 
> >
> >>> +
> >>> +- Conflicting between RSS types and the requested pattern to match,
> >>> +  for example matching on UDP and hashing RSS on TCP.
> >>
> >> I'd not name it a conflict either. It is just common rule when
> >> applicable fields are used only.
> >>
> > Just like my comment from above.
> >
> >>> +
> >>> +If requested RSS hash type is not supported,
> >>> +and no supported hash type is requested then the PMD may reject the
> flow.
> >>> +
> >>
> >> I disagree with such description. If requested RSS hash type is
> >> not supported (not present in dev_info.flow_type_rss_offloads),
> >> it must be rejected and error returned.
> >> If requested RSS hash type is not supported for a packet
> >> matching the rule, but supported in general (present in
> >> dev_info.flow_type_rss_offloads), part of RSS hash type
> >> specification may be ignored and only applicable bits are used.
> >> If result is empty, PMD may reject the flow rule.
> >>
> > The flow should be rejected even if it is used with some type that is
> supported?
> 
> Yes, if user ask for something what is not supported at all,
> it is a problem and user should be notified. May be it is
> too restrictive, but I'd prefer this way.
> User has all required information in dev_info and can
> remove unsupported hash types from request. IMHO, it
> should enforce user check the result to be not empty and
> handle it properly.
> 
Will update the doc.
> >
> >
> >>>  Note: RSS hash result is stored in the ``hash.rss`` mbuf field which
> >>>  overlaps ``hash.fdir.lo``. Since `Action: MARK`_ sets the ``hash.fdir.hi``
> >>>  field only, both can be requested simultaneously.
> >>>
> >
Ferruh Yigit Sept. 14, 2020, 2:38 p.m. UTC | #6
On 8/5/2020 3:08 PM, Ori Kam wrote:
> Hi Andrew,
> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Andrew Rybchenko <arybchenko@solarflare.com>
>>
>> On 8/4/20 11:13 AM, Ori Kam wrote:
>>> Using the rte_flow action RSS types field,
>>> may result in undefined outcome.
>>>
>>> For example selecting both UDP and TCP,
>>> selecting TCP RSS type but the pattern is targeting UDP traffic.
>>> another option is that the PMD doesn't support all requested types.
>>>
>>> Until now, it wasn't clear what will happen in such cases.
>>> This commit clarify this issue by stating that the PMD
>>> will work in the best-effort mode.
>>>
>>> Signed-off-by: Ori Kam <orika@mellanox.com>
>>> ---
>>> v2:
>>>  * Based on ML, update that using only unsupported hash type
>>>    may cause the flow to be rejected by PMD.
>>> ---
>>>  doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst | 11 +++++++++++
>>>  1 file changed, 11 insertions(+)
>>>
>>> diff --git a/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
>> b/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
>>> index 3e5cd1e..d730b66 100644
>>> --- a/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
>>> +++ b/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
>>> @@ -1735,6 +1735,17 @@ unspecified "best-effort" settings from the
>> underlying PMD, which depending
>>>  on the flow rule, may result in anything ranging from empty (single queue)
>>>  to all-inclusive RSS.
>>>
>>> +Best effort will be used, in case there is a conflict inside the rule.
>>> +The conflict can be the result of:
>>> +
>>> +- Conflicting RSS types, for example setting both UDP and TCP.
>>
>> Thinking more about it, I see no conflict at all. It is common
>> to specify both TCP and UDP in hash function if user wants to
>> take TCP ports for TCP packets and UDP ports for UDP into
>> account.
>>
> I fully agree with you that it is common to use both UDP and TCP and
> expect it to work based on the traffic. this is the point of this patch.
> To clarify that this is valid input and the PMD will work in best effort mode.
> 

I think confusion occurs when the the RSS hash function set part of flow
rule rss action.
Than providing a UDP flow and setting UDP & TCP RSS hash types looks
confusing/wrong.

Does mlx support selecting hash function per flow?
Can it be possible to set RSS functions separately from any specific flow?

>
>>> +
>>> +- Conflicting between RSS types and the requested pattern to match,
>>> +  for example matching on UDP and hashing RSS on TCP.
>>
>> I'd not name it a conflict either. It is just common rule when
>> applicable fields are used only.
>>
> Just like my comment from above.
> 
>>> +
>>> +If requested RSS hash type is not supported,
>>> +and no supported hash type is requested then the PMD may reject the flow.
>>> +
>>
>> I disagree with such description. If requested RSS hash type is
>> not supported (not present in dev_info.flow_type_rss_offloads),
>> it must be rejected and error returned.
>> If requested RSS hash type is not supported for a packet
>> matching the rule, but supported in general (present in
>> dev_info.flow_type_rss_offloads), part of RSS hash type
>> specification may be ignored and only applicable bits are used.
>> If result is empty, PMD may reject the flow rule.
>>
> The flow should be rejected even if it is used with some type that is supported?
> 
> 
>>>  Note: RSS hash result is stored in the ``hash.rss`` mbuf field which
>>>  overlaps ``hash.fdir.lo``. Since `Action: MARK`_ sets the ``hash.fdir.hi``
>>>  field only, both can be requested simultaneously.
>>>
>

Patch
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diff --git a/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst b/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
index 3e5cd1e..d730b66 100644
--- a/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.rst
@@ -1735,6 +1735,17 @@  unspecified "best-effort" settings from the underlying PMD, which depending
 on the flow rule, may result in anything ranging from empty (single queue)
 to all-inclusive RSS.
 
+Best effort will be used, in case there is a conflict inside the rule.
+The conflict can be the result of:
+
+- Conflicting RSS types, for example setting both UDP and TCP.
+
+- Conflicting between RSS types and the requested pattern to match,
+  for example matching on UDP and hashing RSS on TCP.
+
+If requested RSS hash type is not supported,
+and no supported hash type is requested then the PMD may reject the flow.
+
 Note: RSS hash result is stored in the ``hash.rss`` mbuf field which
 overlaps ``hash.fdir.lo``. Since `Action: MARK`_ sets the ``hash.fdir.hi``
 field only, both can be requested simultaneously.