tcp: auto corking
With the introduction of TCP Small Queues, TSO auto sizing, and TCP pacing, we can implement Automatic Corking in the kernel, to help applications doing small write()/sendmsg() to TCP sockets. Idea is to change tcp_push() to check if the current skb payload is under skb optimal size (a multiple of MSS bytes) If under 'size_goal', and at least one packet is still in Qdisc or NIC TX queues, set the TCP Small Queue Throttled bit, so that the push will be delayed up to TX completion time. This delay might allow the application to coalesce more bytes in the skb in following write()/sendmsg()/sendfile() system calls. The exact duration of the delay is depending on the dynamics of the system, and might be zero if no packet for this flow is actually held in Qdisc or NIC TX ring. Using FQ/pacing is a way to increase the probability of autocorking being triggered. Add a new sysctl (/proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_autocorking) to control this feature and default it to 1 (enabled) Add a new SNMP counter : nstat -a | grep TcpExtTCPAutoCorking This counter is incremented every time we detected skb was under used and its flush was deferred. Tested: Interesting effects when using line buffered commands under ssh. Excellent performance results in term of cpu usage and total throughput. lpq83:~# echo 1 >/proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_autocorking lpq83:~# perf stat ./super_netperf 4 -t TCP_STREAM -H lpq84 -- -m 128 9410.39 Performance counter stats for './super_netperf 4 -t TCP_STREAM -H lpq84 -- -m 128': 35209.439626 task-clock # 2.901 CPUs utilized 2,294 context-switches # 0.065 K/sec 101 CPU-migrations # 0.003 K/sec 4,079 page-faults # 0.116 K/sec 97,923,241,298 cycles # 2.781 GHz [83.31%] 51,832,908,236 stalled-cycles-frontend # 52.93% frontend cycles idle [83.30%] 25,697,986,603 stalled-cycles-backend # 26.24% backend cycles idle [66.70%] 102,225,978,536 instructions # 1.04 insns per cycle # 0.51 stalled cycles per insn [83.38%] 18,657,696,819 branches # 529.906 M/sec [83.29%] 91,679,646 branch-misses # 0.49% of all branches [83.40%] 12.136204899 seconds time elapsed lpq83:~# echo 0 >/proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_autocorking lpq83:~# perf stat ./super_netperf 4 -t TCP_STREAM -H lpq84 -- -m 128 6624.89 Performance counter stats for './super_netperf 4 -t TCP_STREAM -H lpq84 -- -m 128': 40045.864494 task-clock # 3.301 CPUs utilized 171 context-switches # 0.004 K/sec 53 CPU-migrations # 0.001 K/sec 4,080 page-faults # 0.102 K/sec 111,340,458,645 cycles # 2.780 GHz [83.34%] 61,778,039,277 stalled-cycles-frontend # 55.49% frontend cycles idle [83.31%] 29,295,522,759 stalled-cycles-backend # 26.31% backend cycles idle [66.67%] 108,654,349,355 instructions # 0.98 insns per cycle # 0.57 stalled cycles per insn [83.34%] 19,552,170,748 branches # 488.244 M/sec [83.34%] 157,875,417 branch-misses # 0.81% of all branches [83.34%] 12.130267788 seconds time elapsed
It would be useful e.g. in a server or desktop environment to have a facility in the notion of fine-grained "per application" or "per application group" firewall policies. Probably, users in the mobile, embedded area (e.g. Android based) with different security policy requirements for application groups could have great benefit from that as well. For example, with a little bit of configuration effort, an admin could whitelist well-known applications, and thus block otherwise unwanted "hard-to-track" applications like  from a user's machine. Blocking is just one example, but it is not limited to that, meaning we can have much different scenarios/policies that netfilter allows us than just blocking, e.g. fine grained settings where applications are allowed to connect/send traffic to, application traffic marking/conntracking, application-specific packet mangling, and so on. Implementation of PID-based matching would not be appropriate as they frequently change, and child tracking would make that even more complex and ugly. Cgroups would be a perfect candidate for accomplishing that as they associate a set of tasks with a set of parameters for one or more subsystems, in our case the netfilter subsystem, which, of course, can be combined with other cgroup subsystems into something more complex if needed. As mentioned, to overcome this constraint, such processes could be placed into one or multiple cgroups where different fine-grained rules can be defined depending on the application scenario, while e.g. everything else that is not part of that could be dropped (or vice versa), thus making life harder for unwanted processes to communicate to the outside world. So, we make use of cgroups here to track jobs and limit their resources in terms of iptables policies; in other words, limiting, tracking, etc what they are allowed to communicate. In our case we're working on outgoing traffic based on which local socket that originated from. Also, one doesn't even need to have an a-prio knowledge of the application internals regarding their particular use of ports or protocols. Matching is *extremly* lightweight as we just test for the sk_classid marker of sockets, originating from net_cls. net_cls and netfilter do not contradict each other; in fact, each construct can live as standalone or they can be used in combination with each other, which is perfectly fine, plus it serves Tejun's requirement to not introduce a new cgroups subsystem. Through this, we result in a very minimal and efficient module, and don't add anything except netfilter code. One possible, minimal usage example (many other iptables options can be applied obviously): 1) Configuring cgroups if not already done, e.g.: mkdir /sys/fs/cgroup/net_cls mount -t cgroup -o net_cls net_cls /sys/fs/cgroup/net_cls mkdir /sys/fs/cgroup/net_cls/0 echo 1 > /sys/fs/cgroup/net_cls/0/net_cls.classid (resp. a real flow handle id for tc) 2) Configuring netfilter (iptables-nftables), e.g.: iptables -A OUTPUT -m cgroup ! --cgroup 1 -j DROP 3) Running applications, e.g.: ping 220.127.116.11 <pid:1799> echo 1799 > /sys/fs/cgroup/net_cls/0/tasks 64 bytes from 18.104.22.168: icmp_seq=44 ttl=49 time=11.9 ms [...] ping 22.214.171.124 <pid:1804> ping: sendmsg: Operation not permitted [...] echo 1804 > /sys/fs/cgroup/net_cls/0/tasks 64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=89 ttl=56 time=19.0 ms [...] Of course, real-world deployments would make use of cgroups user space toolsuite, or own custom policy daemons dynamically moving applications from/to various cgroups.  http://www.blackhat.com/presentations/bh-europe-06/bh-eu-06-biondi/bh-eu-06-biondi-up.pdf
ipv6: Add support for IPsec virtual tunnel interfaces
This patch adds IPv6 support for IPsec virtual tunnel interfaces (vti). IPsec virtual tunnel interfaces provide a routable interface for IPsec tunnel endpoints.