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SubjectRe: [patch 7/11] net: Use bigrefs for net_device.refcount
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From: Stephen Hemminger <shemminger@osdl.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 09:26:59 -0700

> Since when is bringing a network device up/down performance critical?

The issue is the dev_get()'s that occur all over the place
to during packet transmit/receive, that's what they are
trying to address.

I'm still against all of these invasive NUMA changes to the
networking though, they are simply too ugly and special cased
to consider seriously.
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