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SubjectRe: TG3 network data corruption regression 2.6.24/2.6.23.4
On Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 05:14:26PM -0500, Tony Battersby wrote:
> Michael Chan wrote:
> > On Tue, 2008-02-19 at 11:16 -0500, Tony Battersby wrote:
> >
> >> iSCSI
> >> performance drops to 6 - 15 MB/s when the 3Com NIC is doing heavy rx
> >> with light tx,
> >>
> >
> > That's strange. The patch should only affect TX performance slightly
> > since we are just turning off SG for TX. Please take an ethereal trace
> > to see what's happening and compare with a good trace.
> >
> >
>
> Update: when I revert Herbert's patch in addition to applying your
> patch, the iSCSI performance goes back up to 115 MB/s again in both
> directions. So it looks like turning off SG for TX didn't itself cause
> the performance drop, but rather that the performance drop is just
> another manifestation of whatever bug is causing the data corruption.
>
> I do not regularly use wireshark or look at network packet dumps, so I
> am not really sure what to look for. Given the above information, do
> you still believe that there is value in examining the packet dump?
>
> Tony

Hi Tony. Can you give us the output of :

sudo lspci -vvv -xxxx -s 03:01.0'
(assuming that is still the correct address of the 3Com NIC.)

Also, after some digging, I found that the 5701 can run into trouble if
a 64-bit DMA read terminates early and then completes as a 32-bit transfer.
The problem is reportedly very rare, but the failure mode looks like a
match. Can you apply the following patch and see if it helps your
performance / corruption problems?


diff --git a/drivers/net/tg3.c b/drivers/net/tg3.c
index db606b6..7ad08ce 100644
--- a/drivers/net/tg3.c
+++ b/drivers/net/tg3.c
@@ -11409,6 +11409,8 @@ static int __devinit tg3_get_invariants(struct tg3 *tp)
tp->tg3_flags |= TG3_FLAG_PCI_HIGH_SPEED;
if ((pci_state_reg & PCISTATE_BUS_32BIT) != 0)
tp->tg3_flags |= TG3_FLAG_PCI_32BIT;
+ else if (GET_ASIC_REV(tp->pci_chip_rev_id) == ASIC_REV_5701)
+ tp->grc_mode |= GRC_MODE_FORCE_PCI32BIT;

/* Chip-specific fixup from Broadcom driver */
if ((tp->pci_chip_rev_id == CHIPREV_ID_5704_A0) &&



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