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SubjectRE: [PATCH RFC 3/5] Add KSZ8795 switch driver
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From: Andrew Lunn
> Sent: 28 September 2017 20:34
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> > There are 34 counters. In normal case using generic bus I/O or PCI to read them
> > is very quick, but the switch is mostly accessed using SPI, or even I2C. As the SPI
> > access is very slow.
>
> How slow is it? The Marvell switches all use MDIO. It is probably a
> bit faster than I2C, but it is a lot slower than MMIO or PCI.
>
> ethtool -S lan0 takes about 25ms.

Is the SPI access software bit-banged?
Doing that with software delays isn't friendly to the rest of the system.
(Hardware guys please note...)

One possibility is to rate-limit the stats reading.
Then an application cannot completely 'hog' the SPI bandwidth.

David


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