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From: Rusty Russell <>
To: "David S. Miller" <>
Subject: Re: [ANNOUNCE] NF-HIPAC: High Performance Packet Classification for Netfilter
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 15:19:33 +1000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Wed, 25 Sep 2002 15:52:46 -0700 (PDT)
"David S. Miller" <> wrote:

> We have to do the route lookup anyways, if it got you to the packet
> filtering tables (or ipsec encap information, or TCP socket, etc etc)
> as a side effect, lots of netfilter becomes superfluous because all it
> is doing is maintaining these lookup tables etc. which is what you are
> optimizing.

Indeed.  Note that netfilter infrastructure had this from the beginning, but
it sits unused (skb->nf_cache), awaiting someone to get enthusiastic.

There are three real issues:
1) You need a way to say "too hard, don't cache this".  We have
   NFC_UNKNOWN (I looked at some packet field you don't have a bit for)
   and NFC_UNCACHABLE (give me every packet dammit!).

2) You need a sane "selective flush" mechanism for timeouts and rule changes
   (eg. connection tracking and nat).

3) If you want to keep counters in the subsystems (eg. iptables keeps packet
   and byte counters at the moment for every rule because it's easy). You
   need to keep this info in your route cache, then call the subsystems when
   you evict something from the cache.

   there are those who do and those who hang on and you don't see too
   many doers quoting their contemporaries.  -- Larry McVoy

  parent reply	other threads:[~2002-09-26  5:15 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 15+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2002-09-25 22:41 [ANNOUNCE] NF-HIPAC: High Performance Packet Classification for Netfilter nf
2002-09-25 22:52 ` David S. Miller
2002-09-26  0:10   ` Rik van Riel
2002-09-26  0:25     ` David S. Miller
2002-09-26  0:38   ` nf
2002-09-26  0:37     ` David S. Miller
2002-09-26  1:44       ` nf
2002-09-26  3:30         ` David S. Miller
2002-09-26  5:19   ` Rusty Russell [this message]
2002-09-26  5:40     ` David S. Miller
2002-09-26 15:27       ` James Morris
2002-09-26 20:52         ` David S. Miller
2002-09-27  3:00           ` Michael Richardson
2002-09-27 14:12           ` jamal
2002-09-28  1:30             ` David S. Miller

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