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Date:	Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:01:08 -0400
From:	Peter Hurley <>
To:	Frans Klaver <>
CC:	Tony Lindgren <>, Felipe Balbi <>,
	Rob Herring <>,
	Pawel Moll <>,
	Mark Rutland <>,
	Ian Campbell <>,
	Kumar Gala <>,
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,
	Alexey Pelykh <>,
	Jiri Slaby <>,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/4] tty: omap-serial: use threaded interrupt handler

On 09/16/2014 04:50 AM, Frans Klaver wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 01:31:56PM -0400, Peter Hurley wrote:
>> On 09/15/2014 11:39 AM, Peter Hurley wrote:
>>> On 09/15/2014 10:00 AM, Frans Klaver wrote:
>>>> At 3.6Mbaud, with slightly over 2Mbit/s data coming in, we see 1600 uart
>>>> rx buffer overflows within 30 seconds. Threading the interrupt handling reduces
>>>> this to about 170 overflows in 10 minutes.
>>> Why is the threadirqs kernel boot option not sufficient?
>>> Or conversely, shouldn't this be selectable?
> I wasn't aware of the threadirqs boot option. I also wouldn't know if
> this should be selectable. What would be a reason to favor the
> non-threaded irq over the threaded irq?

Not everyone cares enough about serial to dedicate kthreads to it :)

>> Also, do you see the same performance differential when you implement this
>> in the 8250 driver (that is, on top of Sebastian's omap->8250 conversion)?
> I haven't gotten Sebastian's driver to work properly yet on the console.
> There was no reason for me yet to throw my omap changes on top of
> Sebastian's queue.
>>> PS - To overflow the 64 byte RX FIFO at those data rates means interrupt
>>> latency in excess of 250us?
> At 3686400 baud it should take about 174 us to fill a 64 byte buffer. I
> haven't done any measurements on the interrupt latency though. If you
> consider that we're sending about 1kB of data, 240 times a second, we're
> spending a lot of time reading data from the uart. I can imagine the
> system has other work to do as well.

System work should not keep irqs from being serviced. Even 174us is a long
time not to service an interrupt. Maybe console writes are keeping the isr
from running?

Peter Hurley

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