Re: [PATCH -rt DO NOT APPLY] Fix for tg3 networking lockup

From: Alistair John Strachan
Date: Thu Aug 03 2006 - 13:03:18 EST

On Thursday 03 August 2006 17:49, Randy.Dunlap wrote:
> > This only shows up with the real-time kernel where timer softirq's run
> > in their own processes, and a high priority process preempts the timer
> > softirq. I don't really consider this a networking bug, or even
> > driver bug, although it does seem unfortunate that Broadcom hardware
> > locks up and goes unresponsive if the OS doesn't tickle it every tenth
> > of a second or so. (Definitely a bad idea if the tg3 gets used on any
> > laptops, from a power usage perspective.) But that seems like a
> > (lame) hardware bug, not a driver bug....
> Interesting. On my Dell D610 notebook with tg3 and vpn,
> I have to ping a server on the vpn to keep it alive, otherwise
> it disappears soon and I have to restart the vpn. Of course,
> this could just be the vpn or some other software problem
> instead of a tg3 problem.

Probably. I have an NC6000 with a tg3 and have never experienced link failure
problems, even under -rt.


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