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Date:	Mon, 05 May 2014 17:12:12 -0400 (EDT)
From:	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>
To:	soren.brinkmann@...inx.com
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

From: Sören Brinkmann <soren.brinkmann@...inx.com>
Date: Mon, 5 May 2014 14:10:23 -0700

> 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?

We can always apply a fixup or revert.
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