[lustre-discuss] LNET ports and connections
neilb at suse.com
Tue Feb 18 14:33:44 PST 2020
It is not true that:
LNET will established connections only if asked for by upper layers.
or at least, not in the sense that the upper layers ask for a
Lustre knows nothing about connections. Even LNet doesn't really know
about connections. It is only at the socklnd level that connections mean
Lustre and LNet are message-passing protocols.
Lustre asks LNet to send a message to a given peer, and gives some
details of the sort of reply to expect.
LNet chooses a route and thus a network interface, and asked the LND to
send the message.
The socklnd LND will see if it already has a TCP connection. If it
does, it will use it. If not, it will create one.
So yes : it is exactly:
possible that the server in this case opens the connection itself
without waiting for the client to reconnect?
On Tue, Feb 18 2020, Aurelien Degremont wrote:
> Thanks for your reply.
> I think I have a good enough understanding of LNET itself. My question was more about how LNET is being used by Lustre itself.
> LNET will established connections only if asked for by upper layers.
> When I was talking about client and server, I was talking about how Lustre was using it.
> As far as I understood, Lustre server only contact clients when they need to send LDLM callbacks.
> They do so through the socket already opened by the client (reverse import).
> What happened if the socket is closed is what I'm not sure. I though the server is rather waiting for the client to reconnect and if not, is more or less evicting it.
> Could it be possible that the server in this case opens the connection itself without waiting for the client to reconnect?
> Le 18/02/2020 05:42, « NeilBrown » <neilb at suse.com> a écrit :
> LNet is a peer-to-peer protocol, it has no concept of client and server.
> If one host needs to send a message to another but doesn't already have
> a connection, it creates a new connection.
> I don't yet know enough specifics of the lustre protocol to be certain
> of the circumstances when a lustre server will need to initiate a message
> to a client, but I imagine that recalling a lock might be one.
> I think you should assume that any LNet node might receive a connection
> from any other LNet node (for which they share an LNet network), and
> that the connection could come from any port between 512 and 1023
> (LNET_ACCEPTOR_MIN_PORT to LNET_ACCEPTOR_MAX_PORT).
> On Mon, Feb 17 2020, Degremont, Aurelien wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > From what I've understood so far, LNET listens on port 988 by default and peers connect to it using 1021-1023 TCP ports as source ports.
> > At Lustre level, servers listen on 988 and clients connect to them using the same source ports 1021-1023.
> > So only accepting connections to port 988 on server side sounded pretty safe to me. However, I've seen connections from 1021-1023 to 988, from server hosts to client hosts sometimes.
> > I can't understand what mechanism could trigger these connections. Did I miss something?
> > Thanks
> > Aurélien
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