Re: [GIT PULL tip/genirq] Please pull from lost-spurious-irq

From: Tejun Heo
Date: Tue Aug 03 2010 - 06:23:34 EST


On 08/03/2010 12:06 PM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
>> These problems do happen on intel chipset machines and is something
>> which can be worked around with some effort. Eh, let's talk on the
>> other reply.
> So you're saying that the ATA problem is restricted to Intel chipsets?
> Do we know the root cause ?

The original sentence is missing an 'also'. Severals have been root
caused and worked around. For SATA, one of the notable problems was
misinterpretation of nIEN (interrupt block bit on the ATA device side)
on both device and host sides. In traditional IDE API, the interrupt
bit is primarily under the control of the device, so it's pretty
difficult to guarantee reliable operation from driver side only. For
PATA, the device actually has full control of the interrupt line, so
it's much worse.


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