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Date:	Mon, 5 May 2014 14:10:23 -0700
From:	Sören Brinkmann <soren.brinkmann@...inx.com>
To:	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>
CC:	<michal.simek@...inx.com>, <nicolas.ferre@...el.com>,
	<git@...inx.com>, <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	<linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org>, <netdev@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 5/5] net: macb: Fix race between HW and driver

On Mon, 2014-05-05 at 05:09PM -0400, David Miller wrote:
> From: Sören Brinkmann <soren.brinkmann@...inx.com>
> Date: Mon, 5 May 2014 14:05:19 -0700
> 
> > On Mon, 2014-05-05 at 04:56PM -0400, David Miller wrote:
> >> From: Soren Brinkmann <soren.brinkmann@...inx.com>
> >> Date: Sun,  4 May 2014 15:43:02 -0700
> >> 
> >> > Under "heavy" RX load, the driver cannot handle the descriptors fast
> >> > enough. In detail, when a descriptor is consumed, its used flag is
> >> > cleared and once the RX budget is consumed all descriptors with a
> >> > cleared used flag are prepared to receive more data. Under load though,
> >> > the HW may constantly receive more data and use those descriptors with a
> >> > cleared used flag before they are actually prepared for next usage.
> >> > 
> >> > The head and tail pointers into the RX-ring should always be valid and
> >> > we can omit clearing and checking of the used flag.
> >> > 
> >> > Signed-off-by: Soren Brinkmann <soren.brinkmann@...inx.com>
> >> 
> >> Isn't the RX_USED bit the only thing that controls what RX entries
> >> the chip will try to use?
> >> 
> >> I can't see how you can just remove the RX_USED bit handling
> >> altogether.
> >> 
> >> The problem actually seems to be that in the current code we clear the
> >> RX_USED bit before we actually reallocate the buffer and set it up.
> >> 
> >> It should be a bug to see the RX_USED bit set in gem_rx_refill(), and
> >> the only reason why it can happen is exactly because you're clearing it
> >> too early in gem_rx().
> > 
> > I don't follow. The HW uses the descriptor and the driver handles the
> > received data. So, in gem_rx_refill we should actually only replace
> > descriptor which have the RX_USED _set_, not? Currently the test tests
> > for the opposite, since SW clears RX_USED in gem_rx. This patch just
> > removes those two parts. The RX_USED is left as is (HW should have set
> > it). And in gem_rx_refill we simply rely on the head and tail pointers
> > to refill the used descriptors. I didn't see a reason to do the additional
> > checking of the RX_USED bit.
> > After the refill the RX_USED flags are of course cleared for all
> > refilled descriptors.
> 
> Aha, that makes sense, I didn't notice that RX_USED is cleared as a side
> effect of gem_rx_refill()'s work.
> 
> I'll apply this series, thanks for explaining.

Thanks, but we probably wanna wait for Nicolas to test on his platforms
using macb?

	Sören


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