RE: [PATCH net v2 0/4] r8152: fix scheduling napi

From: Hayes Wang
Date: Wed Jan 25 2017 - 22:05:03 EST

David Miller [mailto:davem@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2017 3:31 AM
> I think the fundamental issue is that since you can't stop URBs from
> queueing up, you cannot properly synchronize NAPI and schedule polling
> properly.
> From my perspective what happened here is you want GRO support, but it
> comes at the expense of this extremely racey NAPI support which does
> not at all achieve one of the main advantages of NAPI which is
> interrupt mitigation.

May you apply these patches first, until I find another way to replace
current one? The driver uses NAPI now and I have no idea to find better
way to replace current one. I think it would take me long time to find
out the solution. And the issue is still there until I finish this work.
If now I give up the NAPI and its advantages except for the interrupt
mitigation, some things would become worse.

Our hw supports packet aggregation. The purpose is interrupt mitigation,
too. I wouldn't say it is better than what the NAPI does. However, I
could say we try to improve it. If the interrupt could be disabled, I
would be happy to do it. However, it is the limitation of USB devices.
That is why I still use NAPI even though the interrupt cannot be disabled
for USB devices. Because one of the advantages of NAPI couldn't be
satisfied, I must not use the NAPI. Doesn't it seem too strict?

Best Regards,