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Date:	Wed, 13 May 2009 13:44:59 -0600
From:	"Chris Friesen" <cfriesen@...tel.com>
To:	Andi Kleen <andi@...stfloor.org>
CC:	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>, Ingo Molnar <mingo@...e.hu>,
	Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@...llo.nl>,
	Steven Rostedt <rostedt@...dmis.org>,
	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>, linuxppc-dev@...abs.org,
	paulus@...ba.org, netdev@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: question about softirqs

Andi Kleen wrote:
> On Wed, May 13, 2009 at 01:04:09PM -0600, Chris Friesen wrote:
>> Andi Kleen wrote:
>>
>>> network packets are normally processed by the network packet interrupt's
>>> softirq or alternatively in the NAPI poll loop.
>> If we have a high priority task, ksoftirqd may not get a chance to run.
> 
> In this case the next interrupt will also process them. It will just
> go more slowly because interrupts limit the work compared to ksoftirqd.

I realize that they will eventually get processed.  My point is that the
documentation (in-kernel, online, and in various books) says that
softirqs will be processed _on the return from a syscall_.  As we all
agree, this is not necessarily the case.

Chris
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