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Date:	Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:39:34 -0500
From:	Mark Lord <>
To:	Sarah Sharp <>,
	David Laight <David.Laight@...LAB.COM>
CC:	"" <>,
	"" <>,
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,
	David Miller <>,
	Dan Williams <>,
	"Nyman, Mathias" <>,
	Alan Stern <>,
	Freddy Xin <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH RFC 1/1] usb: Tell xhci when usb data might be misaligned

On 14-01-30 04:18 PM, Sarah Sharp wrote:
> Let's do this fix the right way, instead of wall papering over the
> issue.  Here's what we should do:
> 1. Disable scatter-gather for the ax88179_178a driver when it's under an
>    xHCI host.
> 2. Revert the following commits:
>    f2d9b991c549 xhci: Set scatter-gather limit to avoid failed block writes.
>    d6c9ea9069af xhci: Avoid infinite loop when sg urb requires too many trbs
>    35773dac5f86 usb: xhci: Link TRB must not occur within a USB payload burst
> 3. Dan and Mathias can work together to come up with an overall plan to
>    change the xHCI driver architecture to be fully compliant with the TD
>    fragment rules.  That can be done over the next few kernel releases.
> The end result is that we don't destabilize storage or break userspace
> USB drivers, we don't break people's xHCI host controllers,
> the ax88179_178a USB ethernet devices still work under xHCI (a bit with
> worse performance), and other USB ethernet devices still get the
> performance improvement introduced in 3.12.

Performance before 3.12/3.13 was not all that bad either.
My ax88179 dongle (yes, that one, using ax88179_178a.ko)
manages very close to 1gbit/sec throughput even without SG,
and without a huge cpu tax either.

SG done Right will make it better eventually.  I can wait.

Mark Lord
Real-Time Remedies Inc.
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