Re: [PATCH v5] net: ethernet: add driver for Aurora VLSI NB8800 Ethernet controller

From: Måns Rullgård
Date: Wed Nov 11 2015 - 07:22:41 EST

David Miller <davem@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> From: Måns Rullgård <mans@xxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:40:09 +0000
>> When the DMA complete interrupt arrives, the next chain should be
>> kicked off as quickly as possible, and I don't see why that would
>> benefit from being done in napi context.
> NAPI isn't about low latency, it's about fairness and interrupt
> mitigation.
> You probably don't even realize that all of the TX SKB freeing you do
> in the hardware interrupt handler end up being actually processed by a
> scheduled software interrupt anyways.
> So you are gaining almost nothing by not doing TX completion in NAPI
> context, whereas by doing so you would be gaining a lot including
> more simplified locking or even the ability to do no locking at all.

TX completion is separate from restarting the DMA, and moving that to
NAPI may well be a good idea. Should I simply napi_schedule() if the
hardware indicates TX is complete and do the cleanup in the NAPI poll

Måns Rullgård
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