[Bridge] [PATCH net-next v4] bridge: multicast to unicast

Nikolay Aleksandrov nikolay at cumulusnetworks.com
Thu Jan 19 09:53:56 UTC 2017


On 19/01/17 03:45, Linus Lüssing wrote:
> From: Felix Fietkau <nbd at nbd.name>
> 
> Implements an optional, per bridge port flag and feature to deliver
> multicast packets to any host on the according port via unicast
> individually. This is done by copying the packet per host and
> changing the multicast destination MAC to a unicast one accordingly.
> 
> multicast-to-unicast works on top of the multicast snooping feature of
> the bridge. Which means unicast copies are only delivered to hosts which
> are interested in it and signalized this via IGMP/MLD reports
> previously.
> 
> This feature is intended for interface types which have a more reliable
> and/or efficient way to deliver unicast packets than broadcast ones
> (e.g. wifi).
> 
> However, it should only be enabled on interfaces where no IGMPv2/MLDv1
> report suppression takes place. This feature is disabled by default.
> 
> The initial patch and idea is from Felix Fietkau.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Felix Fietkau <nbd at nbd.name>
> [linus.luessing at c0d3.blue: various bug + style fixes, commit message]
> Signed-off-by: Linus Lüssing <linus.luessing at c0d3.blue>
> 
> ---
> 
> This feature is used and enabled by default in OpenWRT and LEDE for AP
> interfaces for more than a year now to allow both a more robust multicast
> delivery and multicast at higher rates (e.g. multicast streaming).
> 
> In OpenWRT/LEDE the IGMP/MLD report suppression issue is overcome by
> the network daemon enabling AP isolation and by that separating all STAs.
> Delivery of STA-to-STA IP mulitcast is made possible again by
> enabling and utilizing the bridge hairpin mode, which considers the
> incoming port as a potential outgoing port, too.
> 
> Hairpin-mode is performed after multicast snooping, therefore leading to
> only deliver reports to STAs running a multicast router.
> 
> Changes in v4:
> * readd "From: Felix Fietkau [...]" (missed it again in v3)
> 
> Changes in v3:
> * fix an uninitialized variable bug introduced in br_multicast_flood()
>   in v2, found by kbuild test bot
> 
> Changes in v2:
> * netlink support (thanks Nik!)
> * fixed switching between multicast_to_unicast on/off
>   -> even after toggling an already existing entry would
>      stale in its mode and would never be replaced
>   -> new extra check in br_port_group_equal)
> * reduced checks in br_multicast_flood() from two to one
>   to address fast-path concerns (thanks Nik!)
> * rev-christmas tree ordering (thanks Nik!)
> * removed "net_bridge_port_group::unicast", using
>   ::flags instead (thanks Nik!)
> * BR_MULTICAST_TO_UCAST -> BR_MULTICAST_TO_UNICAST
>   (BR_MULTICAST_FLAST_LEAVE has the same length anyway)
> * simplified maybe_deliver_addr()
>   (no return, no "prev" paramater -> was a NOP anyway)
> * added "From: Felix Fietkau [...]"
> * added "Signed-off-by: Felix Fietkau [...]"
> ---
>  include/linux/if_bridge.h    |  1 +
>  include/uapi/linux/if_link.h |  1 +
>  net/bridge/br_forward.c      | 37 ++++++++++++++++-
>  net/bridge/br_mdb.c          |  2 +-
>  net/bridge/br_multicast.c    | 96 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++------------
>  net/bridge/br_netlink.c      |  5 +++
>  net/bridge/br_private.h      |  8 ++--
>  net/bridge/br_sysfs_if.c     |  2 +
>  8 files changed, 121 insertions(+), 31 deletions(-)
> 

Looks good to me,
Reviewed-by: Nikolay Aleksandrov <nikolay at cumulusnetworks.com>




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