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SubjectRe: via-rhine and MMIO
----- Original Message -----
From: "Urban Widmark" <>
To: "Martin Eriksson" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2001 7:13 PM
Subject: Re: via-rhine and MMIO

> On Mon, 29 Oct 2001, Martin Eriksson wrote:
> > I have done some changes to the via-rhine driver in 2.4.13 to be able to
> > with MMIO. I know it isn't really needed but I do it mainly for fun &
> > learning.
> Any measurable performance difference?

I don't think so, it would be slightly less latency, but as via-rhine needs
to copy the data anyway...

> Any important changes from the driver that used to be on
> ?
> (I have a copy of "v1.03a ME1.0 3/12/00")

Yes _I_ have matured a bit =) And the new driver does not choose between
MMIO/PORTIO at runtime, because most other drivers seem to select this via
CONFIG_ directives.

> > /* Reload the station address from the EEPROM. */
> > writeb(0x20, ioaddr + MACRegEEcsr);
> > /* Typically 2 cycles to reload. */
> > for (i = 0; i < 150; i++)
> > if (! (readb(ioaddr + MACRegEEcsr) & 0x20))
> > break;
> > ...
> >
> > If I run this code when I'm using MMIO, I get a hardware adress of
> > "ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff" instead of the right one (and everything craps up).
> > when I comment out this part all is fine. So what's it needed for
> It is needed on some cards when rebooting from some other OSes that power
> down the card (eg vt6102 chips on win98). The writeb causes the chip
> itself to reload the hardware address from eeprom. Perhaps it no longer
> finds the eeprom and just reads 0xff from some unmapped memory space.
> Does it work to enable MMIO after the reset code?

I'll check that out, and if all works fine I'll release a patch. By the way,
how *do* you measure network performance the best way? What I have done now
is only to stress test the driver, by copying a 400MB file from my Windows
machine to /dev/null and at the same time recieving a 400MB file over FTP
from my Sun Sparc which is bridged on another via-rhine.

| Martin Eriksson <>
| MSc CSE student, department of Computing Science
| Umeå University, Sweden

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