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Date:	Thu, 06 Sep 2007 16:30:30 +0100
From:	James Chapman <>
To:	Stephen Hemminger <>
Subject: Re: RFC: possible NAPI improvements to reduce interrupt rates for
 low traffic rates

Stephen Hemminger wrote:

> What about the latency that NAPI imposes? Right now there are certain applications that
> don't like NAPI because it add several more microseconds, and this may make it worse.

Latency is something that I think this approach will actually improve, 
at the expense of additional polling. Or is it the ksoftirqd scheduling 
latency that you are referring to?

> Maybe a per-device flag or tuning parameters (like weight sysfs value)? or some other
> way to set low-latency values.

Yes. I'd like to think good defaults could be derived though, perhaps 
and maybe even bogomips / nr_cpus.

James Chapman
Katalix Systems Ltd
Catalysts for your Embedded Linux software development

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