Pure polling mode for netdevices

From: Zach Brown
Date: Fri Oct 21 2016 - 14:17:58 EST

Is there a way to get NAPI to poll all the time?
Or just any way to get netdevices to use only polling and no interrupts?

We have some rt targets where the jitter can be improved by disabling
interrupts and using just polling. In these cases we're okay with the
performance downsides that come with polling.

In particular we already have an implementation for the cadence macb driver
that does only polling mode and have verified that it improves the

We're hoping for a more general existing solution or at the very least a
solution that would be accepted upstream. Any thoughts?