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SubjectRe: Info: NAPI performance at "low" loads
David S. Miller wrote:
> From: Jeff Garzik <>
> Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 17:54:42 -0400
> David S. Miller wrote:
> > Any driver should be able to get the NAPI overhead to max out at
> > 2 PIOs per packet.
> Just to pick nits... my example went from 2 or 3 IOs [depending on the
> presence/absence of a work loop] to 6 IOs.
> I mean "2 extra PIOs" not "2 total PIOs".
> I think it's doable for just about every driver, even tg3 with it's
> weird semaphore scheme takes 2 extra PIOs worst case with NAPI.
> The semaphore I have to ACK anyways at hw IRQ time anyways, and since
> I keep a software copy of the IRQ masking register, mask and unmask
> are each one PIO.

You're looking at at least one extra get-irq-status too, at least in the
classical 10/100 drivers I'm used to seeing...


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