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Date:	Sun, 07 Oct 2007 12:15:23 -0400
From:	jamal <>
To:	"Kok, Auke" <>
Subject: [PATCH][E1000E] some cleanups

Ok, here you go; the explanation is below. This is from net-2.6.24 of
early this AM. I saw a patch you posted that is derived from Krishna;
although it hasnt showed up in the tree - i have considered those
changes and this patch adds a little more optimization in case of

I will send you a patch to kill LLTX the sooner this shows up somewhere.


On Wed, 2007-03-10 at 09:18 -0400, jamal wrote:

> The cleanup is to break up the code so it is functionally more readable
> from a perspective of the 4 distinct parts in ->hard_start_xmit():
> a) packet formatting (example: vlan, mss, descriptor counting, etc.)
> b) chip-specific formatting
> c) enqueueing the packet on a DMA ring
> d) IO operations to complete packet transmit, tell DMA engine to chew
> on, tx completion interrupts, set last tx time, etc.
> Each of those steps sitting in different functions accumulates state
> that is used in the next steps. cb stores this state because it a
> scratchpad the driver owns. You could create some other structure and
> pass it around the iteration, but why waste more bytes.

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