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SubjectRE: [PATCH net-next] r8152: divide the tx and rx bottom functions
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Eric Dumazet [mailto:eric.dumazet@gmail.com]
> Sent: Friday, August 16, 2019 4:20 PM
[...]
> Which callback ?

The USB device has two endpoints for Tx and Rx.
If I submit tx or rx URB to the USB host controller,
the relative callback functions would be called, when
they are finished. For rx, it is read_bulk_callback.
For tx, it is write_bulk_callback.

> After an idle period (no activity, no prior packets being tx-completed ...),
> a packet is sent by the upper stack, enters the ndo_start_xmit() of a network
> driver.
>
> This driver ndo_start_xmit() simply adds an skb to a local list, and returns.

Base on the current method (without tasklet), when
ndo_start_xmit() is called, napi_schedule is called only
if there is at least one free buffer (!list_empty(&tp->tx_free))
to transmit the packet. Then, the flow would be as following.

- Call r8152_poll
-- Call bottom_half
--- Call tx_bottom
---- Call r8152_tx_agg_fill
----- submit tx urb

- Call write_bulk_callback if tx is completed

When the tx transfer is completed, write_bulk_callback would
be called. And it would check if there is any tx packet
in &tp->tx_queue and determine whether it is necessary to
schedule the napi again or not.

> Where/how is scheduled this callback ?

For tx, you could find the following code in r8152_tx_agg_fill().

usb_fill_bulk_urb(agg->urb, tp->udev, usb_sndbulkpipe(tp->udev, 2),
agg->head, (int)(tx_data - (u8 *)agg->head),
(usb_complete_t)write_bulk_callback, agg);
ret = usb_submit_urb(agg->urb, GFP_ATOMIC);

For rx you could find the following code in r8152_submit_rx().

usb_fill_bulk_urb(agg->urb, tp->udev, usb_rcvbulkpipe(tp->udev, 1),
agg->buffer, tp->rx_buf_sz,
(usb_complete_t)read_bulk_callback, agg);

ret = usb_submit_urb(agg->urb, mem_flags);

> Some kind of timer ?
> An (unrelated) incoming packet ?

When the rx or tx is completed, a interrupt of USB
host controller would be triggered. Then, the callback
functions would be called.

Best Regards,
Hayes


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