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From: Jon Maloy <>
To: Menglong Dong <>
Cc:, David Miller <>,
	Jakub Kicinski <>,,,
	LKML <>
Subject: Re: The value of FB_MTU eats two pages
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2021 15:50:27 -0400	[thread overview]
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On 6/1/21 10:18 AM, Menglong Dong wrote:
> Hello!
> I have a question about the value of FB_MTU in tipc, how does the '3744' form?
> I notice that it is used in 'tipc_msg_build()' when memory allocation
> fails, and it
> tries to fall back to a smaller MTU to avoid unnecessary sending failures.
> However, the size of the data allocated will be more than 4096 when FB_MTU
> is 3744. I did a rough calculation, the size of data will more than 4200:
> (FB_MTU + TIPCHDR + BUF_HEADROOM + sizeof(struct skb_shared_info))
> Therefore, 8192 will be allocated from slab, and about 4000 of it will
> not be used.
> FB_MTU is used for low memory, and I think eating two pages will make it worse.
> Do I miss something?
> Thanks!
> Menglong Dong
Hi Dong,
The value is based on empiric knowledge.
When I determined it I made a small loop in a kernel driver where I 
allocated skbs (using tipc_buf_acquire) with an increasing size 
(incremented with 1 each iteration), and then printed out the 
corresponding truesize.

That gave the value we are using now.

Now, when re-running the test I get a different value, so something has 
obviously changed since then.

[ 1622.158586] skb(513) =>> truesize 2304, prev skb(512) => prev 
truesize 1280
[ 1622.162074] skb(1537) =>> truesize 4352, prev skb(1536) => prev 
truesize 2304
[ 1622.165984] skb(3585) =>> truesize 8448, prev skb(3584) => prev 
truesize 4352

As you can see, the optimal value now, for an x86_64 machine compiled 
with gcc, is 3584 bytes, not 3744.

Feel free to post a patch for this if you want to.

///Jon Maloy

  reply	other threads:[~2021-06-02 19:50 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-06-01 14:18 Menglong Dong
2021-06-02 19:50 ` Jon Maloy [this message]
2021-06-03  2:26   ` Menglong Dong
2021-06-03 13:08     ` Jon Maloy
2021-06-03 14:54       ` Menglong Dong

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