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Date:	Mon, 02 Jul 2007 17:21:21 -0700
From:	"Michael Chan" <>
To:	"Matt Carlson" <>
cc:, "Robert Olsson" <>,
	"Evgeniy Polyakov" <>,
	"Krishna Kumar2" <>,
	"Gagan Arneja" <>,
	"netdev" <>,
	"Rick Jones" <>,
	"Sridhar Samudrala" <>,
	"David Miller" <>,
	"Jeff Garzik" <>
Subject: Re: [WIP][PATCHES] Network xmit batching - tg3 support

On Mon, 2007-07-02 at 14:20 -0700, Matt Carlson wrote:

> Also, I think the count, max_per_txd, and nr_frags fields of the
> tg3_tx_cbdata struct are not needed.

The count field is not needed also.

+struct tg3_tx_cbdata {
+	u32 base_flags;
+	int count;
+	unsigned int max_per_txd;
+	unsigned int nr_frags;
+	unsigned int mss;
+#define TG3_SKB_CB(__skb)       ((struct tg3_tx_cbdata *)&((__skb)->cb[0]))

Only base_flags and mss are needed and these can be determined right
before sending the frame.  So is it better not to store these in the
skb->cb at all?

@@ -3118,12 +3120,16 @@ static void tg3_tx(struct tg3 *tp)
+	dcount = tg3_tx_avail(tp);
 	if (unlikely(netif_queue_stopped(tp->dev) &&
-		     (tg3_tx_avail(tp) > TG3_TX_WAKEUP_THRESH(tp)))) {
+		     (dcount > TG3_TX_WAKEUP_THRESH(tp)))) {
+		tp->dev->xmit_win = 1;
 		if (netif_queue_stopped(tp->dev) &&
-		    (tg3_tx_avail(tp) > TG3_TX_WAKEUP_THRESH(tp)))
+		    (dcount > TG3_TX_WAKEUP_THRESH(tp))) {
+			tp->dev->xmit_win = dcount;
+		}

This is also not right.  tg3_tx() runs without netif_tx_lock().
tg3_tx_avail() can change after you get the netif_tx_lock() and we must
get the updated value again.  If we just rely on dcount, we can call
wake_queue() when the ring is full, or there may be no wakeup when the
ring is empty.

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