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Date:	Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:26:15 -0700
From:	Benjamin Poirier <>
To:	Prashant Sreedharan <>,
	Michael Chan <>
Subject: [PATCH net v3 1/4] tg3: Limit minimum tx queue wakeup threshold

tx_pending may be set by the user (via ethtool -G) to a low enough value that
TG3_TX_WAKEUP_THRESH becomes smaller than MAX_SKB_FRAGS + 1. This may cause
the tx queue to be waked when there are in fact not enough descriptors to
handle an skb with max frags. This in turn causes tg3_start_xmit() to return
NETDEV_TX_BUSY and print error messages. Fix the problem by putting a limit to
how low TG3_TX_WAKEUP_THRESH can go.

Signed-off-by: Benjamin Poirier <>

I noticed the problem in a 3.0 kernel when setting `ethtool eth0 -G tx 50` and
running a netperf TCP_STREAM test. The console fills up with
[10597.596155] tg3 0000:06:00.0: eth0: BUG! Tx Ring full when queue awake!
The problem in tg3 remains in current kernels though it does not reproduce as
easily since "5640f76 net: use a per task frag allocator (v3.7-rc1)". I
reproduced on current kernels by using the fail_page_alloc fault injection
mechanism to force the creation of skbs with many order-0 frags. Note that the
following script may also trigger another bug (NETDEV WATCHDOG), which is
fixed in the next patch.

$ cat /tmp/


echo -1 > "$F/times"
echo 0 > "$F/verbose"
echo 0 > "$F/ignore-gfp-wait"
echo 1 > "$F/task-filter"
echo 100 > "$F/probability"

netperf -H -l100 -t omni -- -d send &


sleep 0.3
echo 1 > "/proc/$n/make-it-fail"
sleep 10

kill "$n"
 drivers/net/ethernet/broadcom/tg3.c | 3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/broadcom/tg3.c b/drivers/net/ethernet/broadcom/tg3.c
index 3ac5d23..b11c0fd 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/broadcom/tg3.c
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/broadcom/tg3.c
@@ -202,7 +202,8 @@ static inline void _tg3_flag_clear(enum TG3_FLAGS flag, unsigned long *bits)
 /* minimum number of free TX descriptors required to wake up TX process */
-#define TG3_TX_WAKEUP_THRESH(tnapi)		((tnapi)->tx_pending / 4)
+#define TG3_TX_WAKEUP_THRESH(tnapi)	max_t(u32, (tnapi)->tx_pending / 4, \
+					      MAX_SKB_FRAGS + 1)
 #define TG3_TX_BD_DMA_MAX_2K		2048
 #define TG3_TX_BD_DMA_MAX_4K		4096

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