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Date:	Sat, 16 Jun 2007 15:49:46 -0700
From:	Stephen Hemminger <shemminger@...ux-foundation.org>
To:	Maximilian Engelhardt <maxi@...monizer.de>
Cc:	netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-kernel" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-wireless" <linux-wireless@...r.kernel.org>,
	Michael Buesch <mb@...sch.de>,
	Gary Zambrano <zambrano@...adcom.com>,
	"Jeff Garzik" <jgarzik@...ox.com>,
	"Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo" <acme@...stprotocols.net>
Subject: Re: b44: high ping times with wireless-dev

On Sat, 16 Jun 2007 23:27:43 +0200
Maximilian Engelhardt <maxi@...monizer.de> wrote:

> Hello,
> 
> I recently did some test and found out something interesting about the b44 
> problem I wrote earlier. 
> 
> The problem is the following:
> When I use my BCM4401 with the b44 driver in wireless-dev I get very high ping 
> times looking like this:
> 
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=1863 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=855 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=1855 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=4 ttl=64 time=855 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=5 ttl=64 time=1854 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=6 ttl=64 time=854 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=7 ttl=64 time=1851 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=8 ttl=64 time=851 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=9 ttl=64 time=1851 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=10 ttl=64 time=851 ms
> 
> I also found out that shortly after I boot my laptop and log into kde ping 
> times are not that high but start to increase very quickly:
> 
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=53 ttl=64 time=2.19 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=54 ttl=64 time=2.22 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=55 ttl=64 time=2.20 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=56 ttl=64 time=2.20 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=57 ttl=64 time=18.6 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=58 ttl=64 time=1268 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=59 ttl=64 time=268 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=60 ttl=64 time=1268 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=61 ttl=64 time=268 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=62 ttl=64 time=6.08 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=63 ttl=64 time=268 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=64 ttl=64 time=1264 ms
> 64 bytes from 172.30.10.1: icmp_seq=65 ttl=64 time=264 ms
> 
> After some time digging around I found out something really interesting. When 
> I play some music ping times are immediately lower. If I stop playing music 
> they are back to the same times as they were before.
> 
> I guess that there is a problem with interrupts so I post some information of 
> my system in hope it will be usefull.
> 
> maxi@...la:~$ cat /proc/interrupts
>           CPU0       
>  0:     126317    XT-PIC-XT        timer
>  1:       3600    XT-PIC-XT        i8042
>  2:          0    XT-PIC-XT        cascade
>  7:          1    XT-PIC-XT        parport0
>  8:          1    XT-PIC-XT        rtc
>  9:      17371    XT-PIC-XT        acpi
> 10:      13237    XT-PIC-XT        firewire_ohci, yenta, yenta, ehci_hcd:usb1, 
> uhci_hcd:usb3, uhci_hcd:usb4, Intel 82801DB-ICH4, Intel 82801DB-ICH4 Modem, 
> eth0
> 11:      89059    XT-PIC-XT        uhci_hcd:usb2, i915@pci:0000:00:02.0
> 12:        632    XT-PIC-XT        i8042
> 14:      10354    XT-PIC-XT        libata
> 15:       7408    XT-PIC-XT        libata
> NMI:          0 
> ERR:          0
> 
> 
> [...]
> ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKD] enabled at IRQ 10
> ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:02:02.0[A] -> Link [LNKD] -> GSI 10 (level, low) -> 
> IRQ 10
> ssb: Sonics Silicon Backplane found on PCI device 0000:02:02.0
> b44.c:v2.0
> eth0: Broadcom 44xx/47xx 10/100BaseT Ethernet 00:c0:9f:29:99:a7
> [...]
> 
> This problem did only happen with wireless-dev (checkout this evening) and 
> with -mm kernels I used some time ago for testing. Currently I'm running 
> 2.6.22-rc4 that works perfectly fine and doesn't show that problem.
> 
> Maxi

Can you build with APIC for uniprocessor.

There is lots of IRQ sharing, so
 - one of the other device's may be not handling shared IRQ properly.
   Try unloading firewhire modem and yenta devices.

 - IRQ might be set edge triggered which doesn't work with NAPI
	or shared IRQ.


-- 
Stephen Hemminger <shemminger@...ux-foundation.org>
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