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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] netdev/fec: fix performance impact from mdio poll operation
On 05/08/2010 12:06 AM, Andy Fleming wrote:
> On Thursday, May 6, 2010, Bryan Wu<bryan.wu@canonical.com> wrote:
>> BugLink: http://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/546649
>> BugLink: http://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/457878
>>
>> After introducing phylib supporting, users experienced performace drop. That is
>> because of the mdio polling operation of phylib. Use msleep to replace the busy
>> waiting cpu_relax() and remove the warning message.
>
> I'm a little confused by this patch. In order to improve performance,
> you made the mdio functions fail silently? Why are you getting
> timeouts at all?

From the BugLink, we experienced a lot of error message about mdio_read
timeout. Actually, the logical in this function is quite simple and I still have
no idea about why mdio_read timeout. That might be hardware defect.

> The Phy lib is not going to respond well if an mdio
> write times out without returning an error. And returning an error
> means the whole state machine has to reset, as a failed write is not
> something we currently handle gracefully.
>

Right, if we return error to phylib due to mdio read times out, the performance
will drop a lot.

> Is it possible to use an interrupt to get the phy state change? This
> would allow the phy lib to stop its incessant polling. It doesn't
> solve the question of why it's timing out, though.
>

I'm going to try the interrupt, but fec driver is shared by several SoCs. It
might be a little complicated and still cannot fix the timing out issue. Is
there any example driver to use an interrupt to get the phy state change?

Thanks,
-Bryan

>>
>> Signed-off-by: Bryan Wu<bryan.wu@canonical.com>
>> Acked-by: Andy Whitcroft<apw@canonical.com>
>> ---
>> drivers/net/fec.c | 45 +++++++++++++++++++++------------------------
>> 1 files changed, 21 insertions(+), 24 deletions(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/drivers/net/fec.c b/drivers/net/fec.c
>> index 2b1651a..9c58f6b 100644
>> --- a/drivers/net/fec.c
>> +++ b/drivers/net/fec.c
>> @@ -203,7 +203,7 @@ static void fec_stop(struct net_device *dev);
>> #define FEC_MMFR_TA (2<< 16)
>> #define FEC_MMFR_DATA(v) (v& 0xffff)
>>
>> -#define FEC_MII_TIMEOUT 10000
>> +#define FEC_MII_TIMEOUT 10
>>
>> /* Transmitter timeout */
>> #define TX_TIMEOUT (2 * HZ)
>> @@ -611,13 +611,29 @@ spin_unlock:
>> /*
>> * NOTE: a MII transaction is during around 25 us, so polling it...
>> */
>> -static int fec_enet_mdio_read(struct mii_bus *bus, int mii_id, int regnum)
>> +static int fec_enet_mdio_poll(struct fec_enet_private *fep)
>> {
>> - struct fec_enet_private *fep = bus->priv;
>> int timeout = FEC_MII_TIMEOUT;
>>
>> fep->mii_timeout = 0;
>>
>> + /* wait for end of transfer */
>> + while (!(readl(fep->hwp + FEC_IEVENT)& FEC_ENET_MII)) {
>> + msleep(1);
>> + if (timeout--< 0) {
>> + fep->mii_timeout = 1;
>> + break;
>> + }
>> + }
>> +
>> + return 0;
>> +}
>> +
>> +static int fec_enet_mdio_read(struct mii_bus *bus, int mii_id, int regnum)
>> +{
>> + struct fec_enet_private *fep = bus->priv;
>> +
>> +
>> /* clear MII end of transfer bit*/
>> writel(FEC_ENET_MII, fep->hwp + FEC_IEVENT);
>>
>> @@ -626,15 +642,7 @@ static int fec_enet_mdio_read(struct mii_bus *bus, int mii_id, int regnum)
>> FEC_MMFR_PA(mii_id) | FEC_MMFR_RA(regnum) |
>> FEC_MMFR_TA, fep->hwp + FEC_MII_DATA);
>>
>> - /* wait for end of transfer */
>> - while (!(readl(fep->hwp + FEC_IEVENT)& FEC_ENET_MII)) {
>> - cpu_relax();
>> - if (timeout--< 0) {
>> - fep->mii_timeout = 1;
>> - printk(KERN_ERR "FEC: MDIO read timeout\n");
>> - return -ETIMEDOUT;
>> - }
>> - }
>> + fec_enet_mdio_poll(fep);
>>
>> /* return value */
>> return FEC_MMFR_DATA(readl(fep->hwp + FEC_MII_DATA));
>> @@ -644,9 +652,6 @@ static int fec_enet_mdio_write(struct mii_bus *bus, int mii_id, int regnum,
>> u16 value)
>> {
>> struct fec_enet_private *fep = bus->priv;
>> - int timeout = FEC_MII_TIMEOUT;
>> -
>> - fep->mii_timeout = 0;
>>
>> /* clear MII end of transfer bit*/
>> writel(FEC_ENET_MII, fep->hwp + FEC_IEVENT);
>> @@ -657,15 +662,7 @@ static int fec_enet_mdio_write(struct mii_bus *bus, int mii_id, int regnum,
>> FEC_MMFR_TA | FEC_MMFR_DATA(value),
>> fep->hwp + FEC_MII_DATA);
>>
>> - /* wait for end of transfer */
>> - while (!(readl(fep->hwp + FEC_IEVENT)& FEC_ENET_MII)) {
>> - cpu_relax();
>> - if (timeout--< 0) {
>> - fep->mii_timeout = 1;
>> - printk(KERN_ERR "FEC: MDIO write timeout\n");
>> - return -ETIMEDOUT;
>> - }
>> - }
>> + fec_enet_mdio_poll(fep);
>>
>> return 0;
>> }
>> --
>> 1.7.0.1
>>
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