[PATCH 1/2]: powerpc/cell spidernet bottom half

Linas Vepstas linas at austin.ibm.com
Thu Aug 17 09:24:21 EST 2006

On Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 02:32:03PM -0700, David Miller wrote:
> The best schemes seem to be to interrupt mitigate using a combination
> of time and number of TX entries pending to be purged.  This is what
> most gigabit chips seem to offer.

I seem to be having a multi-hour delay for email delivery, so maybe
we've crossed emails.

A "low watermark interrupt" is an interrupt that is generated when
some queue is "almost empty". This last set of patches implement this
for the TX queue. The interrupt pops when 3/4ths of the packets 
in the queue have been processed.  Playing with ths setting
(3/4ths or some other number) seemed to make little difference.

> On Tigon3, for example, we tell the chip to interrupt if either 53
> frames or 150usecs have passed since the first TX packet has become
> available for reclaim.

The nature of a low-watermark interrupt is that it NEVER pops, as long
as the kernel keeps putting more stuff into the queue, so as to keep 
the queue at least 1/4'th full. I don't know how to mitigate interrupts 
more than that.


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