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

Andrew Morton akpm at osdl.org
Sat Sep 30 12:47:52 EST 2006

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?

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