Implement kernel support for hardware rate limited sockets.
- Add RATELIMIT kernel configuration keyword which must be set to
enable the new functionality.
- Add support for hardware driven, Receive Side Scaling, RSS aware, rate
limited sendqueues and expose the functionality through the already
established SO_MAX_PACING_RATE setsockopt(). The API support rates in
the range from 1 to 4Gbytes/s which are suitable for regular TCP and
UDP streams. The setsockopt(2) manual page has been updated.
- Add rate limit function callback API to "struct ifnet" which supports
the following operations: if_snd_tag_alloc(), if_snd_tag_modify(),
if_snd_tag_query() and if_snd_tag_free().
- Add support to ifconfig to view, set and clear the IFCAP_TXRTLMT
flag, which tells if a network driver supports rate limiting or not.
- This patch also adds support for rate limiting through VLAN and LAGG
intermediate network devices.
- How rate limiting works:
- The userspace application calls setsockopt() after accepting or
making a new connection to set the rate which is then stored in the
socket structure in the kernel. Later on when packets are transmitted
a check is made in the transmit path for rate changes. A rate change
implies a non-blocking ifp->if_snd_tag_alloc() call will be made to the
destination network interface, which then sets up a custom sendqueue
with the given rate limitation parameter. A "struct m_snd_tag" pointer is
returned which serves as a "snd_tag" hint in the m_pkthdr for the
subsequently transmitted mbufs.
- When the network driver sees the "m->m_pkthdr.snd_tag" different
from NULL, it will move the packets into a designated rate limited sendqueue
given by the snd_tag pointer. It is up to the individual drivers how the rate
limited traffic will be rate limited.
- Route changes are detected by the NIC drivers in the ifp->if_transmit()
routine when the ifnet pointer in the incoming snd_tag mismatches the
one of the network interface. The network adapter frees the mbuf and
returns EAGAIN which causes the ip_output() to release and clear the send
tag. Upon next ip_output() a new "snd_tag" will be tried allocated.
- When the PCB is detached the custom sendqueue will be released by a
non-blocking ifp->if_snd_tag_free() call to the currently bound network
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