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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] net: add raw backend - some performance measur

From: Or Gerlitz
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] net: add raw backend - some performance measurements
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 16:41:38 +0300
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Herbert Xu wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 03:01:42PM +0300, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:

>> the thing to check then would be that some kind of misconfiguration
>> does not cause the bridge to flood your packets to multiple interfaces.

> Right, we should make sure that the interfaces are not in promiscous mode

Michael, Herbert, 

First, I don't see how flooding can happen in my setup, I have only two 
interfaces on 
the bridge (see below), a tap and a NIC (vlan) and the bridge will never 
attempt to forward
a packet through the port it was received. Second, the bridge always set all 
attached to it to be in promiscous mode, see the call to dev_set_promiscuity() 
from br_add_if()
but this doesn't mean it applied flooding, it does mac learning...


# brctl show
bridge name     bridge id               STP enabled     interfaces
br0             8000.0030485f9977       no              eth1.4009

The VM mac is de:ab:be:01:01:09 and the remote node mac is 00:30:48:65:a6:2b, 
can see that these two macs were learned by the bridge and hence no flooding is 

# brctl showmacs br0
port no mac addr                is local?       ageing timer
  1     00:30:48:5f:99:77       yes                0.00
  1     00:30:48:65:a6:2b       no                12.50
  2     06:f5:76:64:a0:d4       yes                0.00
  2     de:ab:be:01:01:09       no                 0.00

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