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Date:	Fri, 9 Oct 2015 12:36:33 +0200 (CEST)
From:	Thomas Gleixner <>
To:	Felipe Balbi <>
Subject: Re: [tip:irq/core] genirq: Handle force threading of irqs with
 primary and thread handler

On Tue, 6 Oct 2015, Felipe Balbi wrote:
> this commit causes a performance regression for the USB driver on
> several platforms (anybody using drivers/usb/dwc3, basically).
> Here's the USB throughput with linux-next in 3 different scenarios:
> 1) Linux next without threadirqs cmdline
>    test  0: sent     256.00 MB read      33.02 MB/s write      30.01 MB/s
> 2) Linux next with threadirqs on cmdline
>    test  0: sent     256.00 MB read      30.70 MB/s write      27.89 MB/s
> 3) Linux next with threadirqs on cmdline + revert of $subject
>    test  0: sent     256.00 MB read      32.93 MB/s write      29.85 MB/s
> Considering this is trying to solve an issue found on the SDHCI driver,
> shouldn't that be fixed instead ? Another option would be, of course, to
> add IRQF_NO_THREAD to dwc3, but I'd like to avoid that if possible.

It's not only an issue for SDHCI. It's a general problem with other
drivers as well.
> The way we try to use dwc3 is rather simple, actually. We use the
> primary handle *only* to detect is $this device generated the IRQ and if
> did we wake up the thread. We also don't make use of ONESHOT because we
> mask $this device IRQs in the primary handler and only unmask after the
> thread runs.

So in your case IRQF_NO_THREAD is really the solution. It will keep
your primary handler handled in the hard interrupt context. That will
work on RT as well.
> It's a bit surprising, to me at least, that simply running everything as
> a thread would have such a measurable impact, but it does.

I'm surprised of the size of the impact as well. I wouldn't have
expected that another kernel thread context switch makes such a


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