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Date:	Tue, 03 Jul 2007 09:26:20 -0400
From:	jamal <>
To:	Michael Chan <>
Cc:	Matt Carlson <>,
	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, 2007-02-07 at 17:21 -0700, Michael Chan wrote:

[Matt, please include the count in the fix per previous email]

> 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?

long answer:
My goal with storing these values and computing them was to do certain
things that dont require holding the netif_tx_lock within a batch as
well. Evaluating the packet metadata and formating the packet to be
ready for stashing into DMA was one thing i could do outside of holding
the lock easily - and running that in loop of 100 packets amortizes the
instruction cache and allows me (when i get to it) to hold the lock for
a lot less computation.
In the e1000 for example i was able to go as far as computing how many
descriptors are needed per skb and stashing those in the skb->cb; the
way the tg3 is structured makes doing all that needing some big changes.
So to answer your question: It would be nice if i could keep the skb->cb
for now and we can get rid of it later if deemed a nuisance for

> +	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)))) {
>  		netif_tx_lock(tp->dev);
> +		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))) {
>  			netif_wake_queue(tp->dev);
> +			tp->dev->xmit_win = dcount;
> +		}
>  		netif_tx_unlock(tp->dev);
>  	}
>  }
> 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.

You are right, I was trying to be a smart-ass there so i didnt have to
fold the lines (for readability). Can you or Matt restore it to the way
it was originally while keeping the xmit_win update and just send me a

Thanks a lot Michael and Matt for looking at this and improving it.
Maybe i should switch all my nics to tg3 from now on ;->


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