On Sat, 4 Jan 2003, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> I wonder if there are any good uses for more advanced RX filtering that
> is beginning to appear. I could certainly imagine an interface that was
> a more generic RX filtering interface, and [just by accident] happened
> to support existing unicast and multicast rx-mode-related controls.
> As vendors stuff features onto cards and try to figure out where is the
> best dividing line between TCP stack acceleration and TCP stack offload,
> it seems to me that recent cards more often than not have nice RX
> filtering capabilities. If you look at the world through GigE-colored
> glasses, the RX filtering picture gets even better. There are some fun
> SMP implications with flexible enough RX filtering, for example.
Davem had some nifty ideas on this at least for TOE. I think we ought to
start looking at that direction. Anyone who is working on this please
involve me, i have some ideas (and it would avoid me stressing you
when you output code).