Re: Info: NAPI performance at "low" loads

From: David S. Miller (
Date: Tue Sep 17 2002 - 16:49:11 EST

   From: Jeff Garzik <>
   Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 17:54:42 -0400

   David S. Miller wrote:
> Any driver should be able to get the NAPI overhead to max out at
> 2 PIOs per packet.
   Just to pick nits... my example went from 2 or 3 IOs [depending on the
   presence/absence of a work loop] to 6 IOs.
I mean "2 extra PIOs" not "2 total PIOs".

I think it's doable for just about every driver, even tg3 with it's
weird semaphore scheme takes 2 extra PIOs worst case with NAPI.

The semaphore I have to ACK anyways at hw IRQ time anyways, and since
I keep a software copy of the IRQ masking register, mask and unmask
are each one PIO.
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