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1 2 Overview 3 ======== 4 5 This readme tries to provide some background on the hows and whys of RDS, 6 and will hopefully help you find your way around the code. 7 8 In addition, please see this email about RDS origins: 9 http://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/rds-devel/2007-November/000228.html 10 11 RDS Architecture 12 ================ 13 14 RDS provides reliable, ordered datagram delivery by using a single 15 reliable connection between any two nodes in the cluster. This allows 16 applications to use a single socket to talk to any other process in the 17 cluster - so in a cluster with N processes you need N sockets, in contrast 18 to N*N if you use a connection-oriented socket transport like TCP. 19 20 RDS is not Infiniband-specific; it was designed to support different 21 transports. The current implementation used to support RDS over TCP as well 22 as IB. 23 24 The high-level semantics of RDS from the application's point of view are 25 26 * Addressing 27 RDS uses IPv4 addresses and 16bit port numbers to identify 28 the end point of a connection. All socket operations that involve 29 passing addresses between kernel and user space generally 30 use a struct sockaddr_in. 31 32 The fact that IPv4 addresses are used does not mean the underlying 33 transport has to be IP-based. In fact, RDS over IB uses a 34 reliable IB connection; the IP address is used exclusively to 35 locate the remote node's GID (by ARPing for the given IP). 36 37 The port space is entirely independent of UDP, TCP or any other 38 protocol. 39 40 * Socket interface 41 RDS sockets work *mostly* as you would expect from a BSD 42 socket. The next section will cover the details. At any rate, 43 all I/O is performed through the standard BSD socket API. 44 Some additions like zerocopy support are implemented through 45 control messages, while other extensions use the getsockopt/ 46 setsockopt calls. 47 48 Sockets must be bound before you can send or receive data. 49 This is needed because binding also selects a transport and 50 attaches it to the socket. Once bound, the transport assignment 51 does not change. RDS will tolerate IPs moving around (eg in 52 a active-active HA scenario), but only as long as the address 53 doesn't move to a different transport. 54 55 * sysctls 56 RDS supports a number of sysctls in /proc/sys/net/rds 57 58 59 Socket Interface 60 ================ 61 62 AF_RDS, PF_RDS, SOL_RDS 63 AF_RDS and PF_RDS are the domain type to be used with socket(2) 64 to create RDS sockets. SOL_RDS is the socket-level to be used 65 with setsockopt(2) and getsockopt(2) for RDS specific socket 66 options. 67 68 fd = socket(PF_RDS, SOCK_SEQPACKET, 0); 69 This creates a new, unbound RDS socket. 70 71 setsockopt(SOL_SOCKET): send and receive buffer size 72 RDS honors the send and receive buffer size socket options. 73 You are not allowed to queue more than SO_SNDSIZE bytes to 74 a socket. A message is queued when sendmsg is called, and 75 it leaves the queue when the remote system acknowledges 76 its arrival. 77 78 The SO_RCVSIZE option controls the maximum receive queue length. 79 This is a soft limit rather than a hard limit - RDS will 80 continue to accept and queue incoming messages, even if that 81 takes the queue length over the limit. However, it will also 82 mark the port as "congested" and send a congestion update to 83 the source node. The source node is supposed to throttle any 84 processes sending to this congested port. 85 86 bind(fd, &sockaddr_in, ...) 87 This binds the socket to a local IP address and port, and a 88 transport, if one has not already been selected via the 89 SO_RDS_TRANSPORT socket option 90 91 sendmsg(fd, ...) 92 Sends a message to the indicated recipient. The kernel will 93 transparently establish the underlying reliable connection 94 if it isn't up yet. 95 96 An attempt to send a message that exceeds SO_SNDSIZE will 97 return with -EMSGSIZE 98 99 An attempt to send a message that would take the total number 100 of queued bytes over the SO_SNDSIZE threshold will return 101 EAGAIN. 102 103 An attempt to send a message to a destination that is marked 104 as "congested" will return ENOBUFS. 105 106 recvmsg(fd, ...) 107 Receives a message that was queued to this socket. The sockets 108 recv queue accounting is adjusted, and if the queue length 109 drops below SO_SNDSIZE, the port is marked uncongested, and 110 a congestion update is sent to all peers. 111 112 Applications can ask the RDS kernel module to receive 113 notifications via control messages (for instance, there is a 114 notification when a congestion update arrived, or when a RDMA 115 operation completes). These notifications are received through 116 the msg.msg_control buffer of struct msghdr. The format of the 117 messages is described in manpages. 118 119 poll(fd) 120 RDS supports the poll interface to allow the application 121 to implement async I/O. 122 123 POLLIN handling is pretty straightforward. When there's an 124 incoming message queued to the socket, or a pending notification, 125 we signal POLLIN. 126 127 POLLOUT is a little harder. Since you can essentially send 128 to any destination, RDS will always signal POLLOUT as long as 129 there's room on the send queue (ie the number of bytes queued 130 is less than the sendbuf size). 131 132 However, the kernel will refuse to accept messages to 133 a destination marked congested - in this case you will loop 134 forever if you rely on poll to tell you what to do. 135 This isn't a trivial problem, but applications can deal with 136 this - by using congestion notifications, and by checking for 137 ENOBUFS errors returned by sendmsg. 138 139 setsockopt(SOL_RDS, RDS_CANCEL_SENT_TO, &sockaddr_in) 140 This allows the application to discard all messages queued to a 141 specific destination on this particular socket. 142 143 This allows the application to cancel outstanding messages if 144 it detects a timeout. For instance, if it tried to send a message, 145 and the remote host is unreachable, RDS will keep trying forever. 146 The application may decide it's not worth it, and cancel the 147 operation. In this case, it would use RDS_CANCEL_SENT_TO to 148 nuke any pending messages. 149 150 setsockopt(fd, SOL_RDS, SO_RDS_TRANSPORT, (int *)&transport ..) 151 getsockopt(fd, SOL_RDS, SO_RDS_TRANSPORT, (int *)&transport ..) 152 Set or read an integer defining the underlying 153 encapsulating transport to be used for RDS packets on the 154 socket. When setting the option, integer argument may be 155 one of RDS_TRANS_TCP or RDS_TRANS_IB. When retrieving the 156 value, RDS_TRANS_NONE will be returned on an unbound socket. 157 This socket option may only be set exactly once on the socket, 158 prior to binding it via the bind(2) system call. Attempts to 159 set SO_RDS_TRANSPORT on a socket for which the transport has 160 been previously attached explicitly (by SO_RDS_TRANSPORT) or 161 implicitly (via bind(2)) will return an error of EOPNOTSUPP. 162 An attempt to set SO_RDS_TRANSPPORT to RDS_TRANS_NONE will 163 always return EINVAL. 164 165 RDMA for RDS 166 ============ 167 168 see rds-rdma(7) manpage (available in rds-tools) 169 170 171 Congestion Notifications 172 ======================== 173 174 see rds(7) manpage 175 176 177 RDS Protocol 178 ============ 179 180 Message header 181 182 The message header is a 'struct rds_header' (see rds.h): 183 Fields: 184 h_sequence: 185 per-packet sequence number 186 h_ack: 187 piggybacked acknowledgment of last packet received 188 h_len: 189 length of data, not including header 190 h_sport: 191 source port 192 h_dport: 193 destination port 194 h_flags: 195 CONG_BITMAP - this is a congestion update bitmap 196 ACK_REQUIRED - receiver must ack this packet 197 RETRANSMITTED - packet has previously been sent 198 h_credit: 199 indicate to other end of connection that 200 it has more credits available (i.e. there is 201 more send room) 202 h_padding: 203 unused, for future use 204 h_csum: 205 header checksum 206 h_exthdr: 207 optional data can be passed here. This is currently used for 208 passing RDMA-related information. 209 210 ACK and retransmit handling 211 212 One might think that with reliable IB connections you wouldn't need 213 to ack messages that have been received. The problem is that IB 214 hardware generates an ack message before it has DMAed the message 215 into memory. This creates a potential message loss if the HCA is 216 disabled for any reason between when it sends the ack and before 217 the message is DMAed and processed. This is only a potential issue 218 if another HCA is available for fail-over. 219 220 Sending an ack immediately would allow the sender to free the sent 221 message from their send queue quickly, but could cause excessive 222 traffic to be used for acks. RDS piggybacks acks on sent data 223 packets. Ack-only packets are reduced by only allowing one to be 224 in flight at a time, and by the sender only asking for acks when 225 its send buffers start to fill up. All retransmissions are also 226 acked. 227 228 Flow Control 229 230 RDS's IB transport uses a credit-based mechanism to verify that 231 there is space in the peer's receive buffers for more data. This 232 eliminates the need for hardware retries on the connection. 233 234 Congestion 235 236 Messages waiting in the receive queue on the receiving socket 237 are accounted against the sockets SO_RCVBUF option value. Only 238 the payload bytes in the message are accounted for. If the 239 number of bytes queued equals or exceeds rcvbuf then the socket 240 is congested. All sends attempted to this socket's address 241 should return block or return -EWOULDBLOCK. 242 243 Applications are expected to be reasonably tuned such that this 244 situation very rarely occurs. An application encountering this 245 "back-pressure" is considered a bug. 246 247 This is implemented by having each node maintain bitmaps which 248 indicate which ports on bound addresses are congested. As the 249 bitmap changes it is sent through all the connections which 250 terminate in the local address of the bitmap which changed. 251 252 The bitmaps are allocated as connections are brought up. This 253 avoids allocation in the interrupt handling path which queues 254 sages on sockets. The dense bitmaps let transports send the 255 entire bitmap on any bitmap change reasonably efficiently. This 256 is much easier to implement than some finer-grained 257 communication of per-port congestion. The sender does a very 258 inexpensive bit test to test if the port it's about to send to 259 is congested or not. 260 261 262 RDS Transport Layer 263 ================== 264 265 As mentioned above, RDS is not IB-specific. Its code is divided 266 into a general RDS layer and a transport layer. 267 268 The general layer handles the socket API, congestion handling, 269 loopback, stats, usermem pinning, and the connection state machine. 270 271 The transport layer handles the details of the transport. The IB 272 transport, for example, handles all the queue pairs, work requests, 273 CM event handlers, and other Infiniband details. 274 275 276 RDS Kernel Structures 277 ===================== 278 279 struct rds_message 280 aka possibly "rds_outgoing", the generic RDS layer copies data to 281 be sent and sets header fields as needed, based on the socket API. 282 This is then queued for the individual connection and sent by the 283 connection's transport. 284 struct rds_incoming 285 a generic struct referring to incoming data that can be handed from 286 the transport to the general code and queued by the general code 287 while the socket is awoken. It is then passed back to the transport 288 code to handle the actual copy-to-user. 289 struct rds_socket 290 per-socket information 291 struct rds_connection 292 per-connection information 293 struct rds_transport 294 pointers to transport-specific functions 295 struct rds_statistics 296 non-transport-specific statistics 297 struct rds_cong_map 298 wraps the raw congestion bitmap, contains rbnode, waitq, etc. 299 300 Connection management 301 ===================== 302 303 Connections may be in UP, DOWN, CONNECTING, DISCONNECTING, and 304 ERROR states. 305 306 The first time an attempt is made by an RDS socket to send data to 307 a node, a connection is allocated and connected. That connection is 308 then maintained forever -- if there are transport errors, the 309 connection will be dropped and re-established. 310 311 Dropping a connection while packets are queued will cause queued or 312 partially-sent datagrams to be retransmitted when the connection is 313 re-established. 314 315 316 The send path 317 ============= 318 319 rds_sendmsg() 320 struct rds_message built from incoming data 321 CMSGs parsed (e.g. RDMA ops) 322 transport connection alloced and connected if not already 323 rds_message placed on send queue 324 send worker awoken 325 rds_send_worker() 326 calls rds_send_xmit() until queue is empty 327 rds_send_xmit() 328 transmits congestion map if one is pending 329 may set ACK_REQUIRED 330 calls transport to send either non-RDMA or RDMA message 331 (RDMA ops never retransmitted) 332 rds_ib_xmit() 333 allocs work requests from send ring 334 adds any new send credits available to peer (h_credits) 335 maps the rds_message's sg list 336 piggybacks ack 337 populates work requests 338 post send to connection's queue pair 339 340 The recv path 341 ============= 342 343 rds_ib_recv_cq_comp_handler() 344 looks at write completions 345 unmaps recv buffer from device 346 no errors, call rds_ib_process_recv() 347 refill recv ring 348 rds_ib_process_recv() 349 validate header checksum 350 copy header to rds_ib_incoming struct if start of a new datagram 351 add to ibinc's fraglist 352 if competed datagram: 353 update cong map if datagram was cong update 354 call rds_recv_incoming() otherwise 355 note if ack is required 356 rds_recv_incoming() 357 drop duplicate packets 358 respond to pings 359 find the sock associated with this datagram 360 add to sock queue 361 wake up sock 362 do some congestion calculations 363 rds_recvmsg 364 copy data into user iovec 365 handle CMSGs 366 return to application 367 368 Multipath RDS (mprds) 369 ===================== 370 Mprds is multipathed-RDS, primarily intended for RDS-over-TCP 371 (though the concept can be extended to other transports). The classical 372 implementation of RDS-over-TCP is implemented by demultiplexing multiple 373 PF_RDS sockets between any 2 endpoints (where endpoint == [IP address, 374 port]) over a single TCP socket between the 2 IP addresses involved. This 375 has the limitation that it ends up funneling multiple RDS flows over a 376 single TCP flow, thus it is 377 (a) upper-bounded to the single-flow bandwidth, 378 (b) suffers from head-of-line blocking for all the RDS sockets. 379 380 Better throughput (for a fixed small packet size, MTU) can be achieved 381 by having multiple TCP/IP flows per rds/tcp connection, i.e., multipathed 382 RDS (mprds). Each such TCP/IP flow constitutes a path for the rds/tcp 383 connection. RDS sockets will be attached to a path based on some hash 384 (e.g., of local address and RDS port number) and packets for that RDS 385 socket will be sent over the attached path using TCP to segment/reassemble 386 RDS datagrams on that path. 387 388 Multipathed RDS is implemented by splitting the struct rds_connection into 389 a common (to all paths) part, and a per-path struct rds_conn_path. All 390 I/O workqs and reconnect threads are driven from the rds_conn_path. 391 Transports such as TCP that are multipath capable may then set up a 392 TPC socket per rds_conn_path, and this is managed by the transport via 393 the transport privatee cp_transport_data pointer. 394 395 Transports announce themselves as multipath capable by setting the 396 t_mp_capable bit during registration with the rds core module. When the 397 transport is multipath-capable, rds_sendmsg() hashes outgoing traffic 398 across multiple paths. The outgoing hash is computed based on the 399 local address and port that the PF_RDS socket is bound to. 400 401 Additionally, even if the transport is MP capable, we may be 402 peering with some node that does not support mprds, or supports 403 a different number of paths. As a result, the peering nodes need 404 to agree on the number of paths to be used for the connection. 405 This is done by sending out a control packet exchange before the 406 first data packet. The control packet exchange must have completed 407 prior to outgoing hash completion in rds_sendmsg() when the transport 408 is mutlipath capable. 409 410 The control packet is an RDS ping packet (i.e., packet to rds dest 411 port 0) with the ping packet having a rds extension header option of 412 type RDS_EXTHDR_NPATHS, length 2 bytes, and the value is the 413 number of paths supported by the sender. The "probe" ping packet will 414 get sent from some reserved port, RDS_FLAG_PROBE_PORT (in <linux/rds.h>) 415 The receiver of a ping from RDS_FLAG_PROBE_PORT will thus immediately 416 be able to compute the min(sender_paths, rcvr_paths). The pong 417 sent in response to a probe-ping should contain the rcvr's npaths 418 when the rcvr is mprds-capable. 419 420 If the rcvr is not mprds-capable, the exthdr in the ping will be 421 ignored. In this case the pong will not have any exthdrs, so the sender 422 of the probe-ping can default to single-path mprds.