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SubjectRe: [PATCH RT] ehea: make receive irq handler non-threaded (IRQF_NODELAY)
On Thu, 20 May 2010, Jan-Bernd Themann wrote:
> > > Thought more about that. The case at hand (ehea) is nasty:
> > >
> > > The driver does _NOT_ disable the rx interrupt in the card in the rx
> > > interrupt handler - for whatever reason.
> >
> > Yeah I saw that, but I don't know why it's written that way. Perhaps
> > Jan-Bernd or Doug will chime in and enlighten us? :)
>
> From our perspective there is no need to disable interrupts for the
> RX side as the chip does not fire further interrupts until we tell
> the chip to do so for a particular queue. We have multiple receive

The traces tell a different story though:

ehea_recv_irq_handler()
napi_reschedule()
eoi()
ehea_poll()
...
ehea_recv_irq_handler() <---------------- ???
napi_reschedule()
...
napi_complete()
Can't tell whether you can see the same behaviour in mainline, but I
don't see a reason why not.

> queues with an own interrupt each so that the interrupts can arrive
> on multiple CPUs in parallel. Interrupts are enabled again when we
> leave the NAPI Poll function for the corresponding receive queue.

I can't see a piece of code which does that, but that's probably just
lack of detailed hardware knowledge on my side.

Thanks,

tglx


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