[Bridge] [PATCH net-next V6 02/14] bridge: Add vlan filtering infrastructure

Vlad Yasevich vyasevic at redhat.com
Tue Jan 22 16:27:06 UTC 2013

On 01/22/2013 10:55 AM, Shmulik Ladkani wrote:
> Thanks Vlad,
> On Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:31:43 -0500 Vlad Yasevich <vyasevic at redhat.com> wrote:
>>> I guess this might simplify the data structures involved, avoiding the
>>> refcounts, etc...
>>> The penaties are:
>>>    - memory
>>>    - aesthetics (?)
>>>    - inefficient if query is "give me the entire list of VLANs port P is
>>>      member of". But do we have such a query in bridge's code?
>> Yes.  When a mac address is added to a port without an explicit vlan tag
>> we try to add it for every vlan available on the port.
> I see.
> Can't this be bypassed by adding a _single_ FDB entry whose VID value
> denotes "member of ANY vlan" (value outside the valid 0-4095 range)?
>> Also, in the API, the user may request vlans configured on a port.
> Personally I'd pay the penalty implementing this specific user request
> in an inefficeint way, to acheive overall simplicity in core bridge
> code.
> But that's just my humble opinion, maybe others might spot drawbacks
> taking this approach.
> BTW, went through the ML, couldn't find the reason why dropped the
> per-port vlan bitmap and replaced with a vlan list (after your RFC v2
> patches). Care to explain what was your motivation?

I wanted to reduce the memory footprint and make it a bit more 
extensible so if priority was ever added, it would be very simple to do.
I also had to play some ugly memory barrier games to make it less racy.
I thought that the list/hash code was cleaner.


> Regards,
> Shmulik

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