[BUG] IBM440GX works too slow under nfsroot

Gerhard Jaeger g.jaeger at sysgo.com
Mon Oct 25 16:47:00 EST 2004

On Monday 25 October 2004 03:16, Eugene Surovegin wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 22, 2004 at 01:29:55AM -0700, Eugene Surovegin wrote:
> > FWIW, I haven't seen any problems when testing my new EMAC driver with
> > 100Mb hub, maybe it's only 10Mb related.
> >
> > Anyway, this is first time I'm hearing about half duplex problems,
> > Matt just mentioned them on IRC to me.
> >
> > I'll try to do some tests this weekend, although I have to admit half
> > duplex doesn't seem very important these days, nevertheless, if this
> > can be fixed, we better do this :).
> OK, I did some tests with 2.4.28-pre4, 2.6.9 & 2.6.9-emac (2.6.9 with
> my new EMAC driver). I used Ocotea rev.3 with 440GX rev.C (533MHz).
> I can confirm I see some problems in 10HDX mode - there is visible
> slow down during system boot up (NFS root). Just after logging into
> system, nfsstat shows around 350 retransmits.
> My 2.6.9-emac tree doesn't show this behavior, I see no visible
> slow-down and nfsstat shows 0 retransmits.
> I tried some quick hacks for 2.6.9 driver but was unable to find
> settings which could help (my new driver was almost re-written from
> scratch and I did a lot of things differently).

Hmmm, that's what we also found out, nothing really helped.

> For *adventurous*, this new EMAC driver is available as a patch against
> 2.6.9 BK tree at http://kernel.ebshome.net/. Please, note, it's still
> project in progress and it lacks support for all new 440GX features
> (GigE, TAH, jumbo frames, EMAC2/EMAC3). This is NAPI version with
> correct (I hope) error handling, chip access etc. On Ebony I was able
> to route around 144Kpps. I plan to implement support for _some_ 440GX
> new features soon (during next month, hopefully).

I will give it a try ASAP.

> If there is an interest, I can make a patch against current 2.4 BK
> tree, but this will take some time (I'm a little swamped right now).

of course there's some interest, at least by me ;) Would be great if you'll
find some time for that.

Thank you,

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