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Subjectstmmac ethernet in kernel 4.9-rc6: coalescing related pauses.
Hi!

> I'm debugging strange delays during transmit in stmmac driver. They
> seem to be present in 4.4 kernel (and older kernels, too). Workload is
> burst of udp packets being sent, pause, burst of udp packets, ...
>
> Test code is attached, I use these parameters for testing:
>
> ./udp-test raw 10.0.0.6 1234 1000 100 30
>
> The delays seem to be related to coalescing:
>
> drivers/net/ethernet/stmicro/stmmac/common.h
> #define STMMAC_COAL_TX_TIMER 40000
> #define STMMAC_MAX_COAL_TX_TICK 100000
> #define STMMAC_TX_MAX_FRAMES 256
>
> If I lower the parameters, delays are gone, but I get netdev watchdog
> backtrace followed by broken driver.
>
> Any ideas what is going on there?

4.9-rc6 still has the delays. With the

#define STMMAC_COAL_TX_TIMER 1000
#define STMMAC_TX_MAX_FRAMES 2

settings, delays go away, and driver still works. (It fails fairly
fast in 4.4). Good news. But the question still is: what is going on
there?

Best regards,
Pavel
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