[PATCH 6/6]: powerpc/cell spidernet refine locking

Linas Vepstas linas at austin.ibm.com
Tue Oct 3 03:47:22 EST 2006

On Fri, Sep 29, 2006 at 07:47:52PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Fri, 29 Sep 2006 18:29:11 -0500
> linas at austin.ibm.com (Linas Vepstas) wrote:
> > The transmit side of the spider ethernet driver currently
> > places locks around some very large chunks of code. This
> > results in a fair amount of lock contention is some cases. 
> > This patch makes the locks much more fine-grained, protecting
> > only the cirtical sections. One lock is used to protect 
> > three locations: the queue head and tail pointers, and the 
> > queue low-watermark location.
> You have spider_net_set_low_watermark() walking the tx_chain outside
> tx_chain.lock.  Are you sure about that?

Yes. Its making an approximate count of the queue length, and I figured
that if its approximate to begin with, an unlocked version should be
just fine.


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