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RE: [RFC][bonding] Improve VLAN support on top of bonding

To: "'Shmulik Hen'" <shmulik.hen@xxxxxxxxx>, "'Stephen Hemminger'" <shemminger@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: [RFC][bonding] Improve VLAN support on top of bonding
From: "Eble, Dan" <DanE@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2003 13:49:50 -0400
Cc: bond-devel <bonding-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, linux-net <linux-net@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, linux-netdev <netdev@xxxxxxxxxxx>, "David S. Miller" <davem@xxxxxxxxxx>, Ben Greear <greearb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Jeff Garzik <jgarzik@xxxxxxxxx>, Jay Vosburgh <fubar@xxxxxxxxxx>, Amir Noam <amir.noam@xxxxxxxxx>, Noam Marom <noam.marom@xxxxxxxxx>, Tsippy Mendelson <tsippy.mendelson@xxxxxxxxx>
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My US$0.02: Bonding and bridging have some things in common, at least as far
as having to deal with diverse hardware.  It would be nice to have a
[un]tagging interface that is useful to both drivers with as little code
duplication as is reasonably possible.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Shmulik Hen [mailto:shmulik.hen@xxxxxxxxx] 
> Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2003 9:55 AM
> To: bond-devel; linux-net; linux-netdev; David S. Miller; Ben 
> Greear; Jeff Garzik; Jay Vosburgh
> Cc: Amir Noam; Noam Marom; Shmulik Hen; Tsippy Mendelson
> Subject: [RFC][bonding] Improve VLAN support on top of bonding
> Hi All,
>       Currently, when using 8021q VLAN module to work on top 
> of bonding,
> everything seems to work OK, but there are some issues that 
> will not work
> according to our analysis. For example, any self-generated 
> packets sent by
> bonding itself (e.g. arp-mon, TLB learning packets, ALB arp 
> replies, etc.)
> do not have the VLAN id tag in them, and thus will not go through the
> switch. Also, in order to configure a VLAN interface, the underlying
> interface must be configured first to IP address 
> Since arp-mon
> uses bond's IP address, this might cause further problems. Other issue
> we've still not investigated, like what happens if bonding 
> needs to parse
> a tagged packet for layer2/layer3 data, might still create 
> more problems.
>       We have come up with some possible solution we would like to get
> comments on. First of all, our main guide line was not to 
> duplicate code
> segments that are in the VLAN module and put them in bonding. 
> Further, we
> figured bonding should not need to know about how the VLAN 
> module handles
> hardware acceleration. On the other hand, bonding does need 
> to know what
> VLAN tags are being used so it may send packets successfully 
> through all
> the switch ports, so some kind of policy needs to be defined.
> So here is what we've come up with until now.
> 1. Configuration
>    Need to decide between:
>    a. Block VLAN add/del operations when bond has no slaves.
>    b. Block enslave/release of slaves when bond has no VLAN 
> tags (needs a
>       module parameter).
>    c. Remove limitation of IP
> 2. Indication
>    Need to decide between:
>    a. Add notification mechanism in VLAN module that bonding 
> may register
>       to listen to, and thus keep track of VLAN tags added/removed.
>    b. Register to listen to net device register/unregister 
> notifications
>       to monitor creation/destruction of VLAN devices. 
> Requires support
>       for figuring out if a net device is a VLAN device, and 
> also two vlan
>       calls like get_realdev() and get_vlan_id() exported.
>    c. Parse every packet going through bonding to collect VLAN tags.
> 3. Monitoring
>    In order for bonding to be able to generate tagged packets 
> on its own,
>    two major changes need to be done. One is split the vlan_start_xmit
>    function into insert_tag() and vlan_xmit(), so bonding may 
> choose the
>    required tag on its own, and let 8021q to the transmit. A 
> second change
>    is to split arp_send() into arp_create() and arp_send(), 
> so bonding may
>    pass all the usual parameters for arp creation, get a complete arp
>    packet and then pass it to 8021q for tag insertion on transmission.
> Hardware acceleration
> =====================
>       When coming to analyze what is required for adding support for
> VLAN hardware acceleration on top of bonding, other issues 
> come to mind.
> Since add/del operations are defined and handshakes are 
> performed between
> the VLAN module and the device driver, tracking VLAN tags is 
> simpler and
> commands should just be propagated to the slaves. Enslaving/releasing
> slaves should also be simple and just require adding/removing existing
> VLAN tags from them. The problem is how to handle 
> configuration issues.
>   1. Since adding the first VLAN tag requires some additional 
> handshake,
>      can bonding support that operation on a bond that 
> already has slaves
>      and is running?
>   2. What about removing the last tag from a bond?
>   3. Should the bond device declare itself as "VLAN challenged" before
>      registering and remove that limitation only once it has slaves?
>   4. Should the bond declare itself as fully hardware 
> acceleration capable
>      to benefit from "strong" slaves while performing regular VLAN
>      inserting/stripping for "weak" slaves?
>   5. How can bonding generate untagged packets and send them via
>      hardware acceleration capable slaves (e.g. 802.3ad LACPDU) ?
> -- 
> | Shmulik Hen                             |
> | Israel Design Center (Jerusalem)        |
> | LAN Access Division                     |
> | Intel Communications Group, Intel corp. |
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