[Bridge] [PATCH] net: bridge: Allow bridge to joing multicast groups

Ido Schimmel idosch at idosch.org
Mon Jul 29 06:09:23 UTC 2019

On Sun, Jul 28, 2019 at 09:15:59PM +0200, Allan W. Nielsen wrote:
> If we assume that the SwitchDev driver implemented such that all multicast
> traffic goes to the CPU, then we should really have a way to install a HW
> offload path in the silicon, such that these packets does not go to the CPU (as
> they are known not to be use full, and a frame every 3 us is a significant load
> on small DMA connections and CPU resources).
> If we assume that the SwitchDev driver implemented such that only "needed"
> multicast packets goes to the CPU, then we need a way to get these packets in
> case we want to implement the DLR protocol.

I'm not familiar with the HW you're working with, so the below might not
be relevant.

In case you don't want to send all multicast traffic to the CPU (I'll
refer to it later), you can install an ingress tc filter that traps to
the CPU the packets you do want to receive. Something like:

# tc qdisc add dev swp1 clsact
# tc filter add dev swp1 pref 1 ingress flower skip_sw dst_mac \
	01:21:6C:00:00:01 action trap

If your HW supports sharing the same filter among multiple ports, then
you can install your filter in a tc shared block and bind multiple ports
to it.

Another option is to always send a *copy* of multicast packets to the
CPU, but make sure the HW uses a policer that prevents the CPU from
being overwhelmed. To avoid packets being forwarded twice (by HW and
SW), you will need to mark such packets in your driver with
'skb->offload_fwd_mark = 1'.

Now, in case user wants to allow the CPU to receive certain packets at a
higher rate, a tc filter can be used. It will be identical to the filter
I mentioned earlier, but with a 'police' action chained before 'trap'.

I don't think this is currently supported by any driver, but I believe
it's the right way to go: By default the CPU receives all the traffic it
should receive and user can fine-tune it using ACLs.

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