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Date:   Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:35:28 -0700
From:   Ben Greear <>
To:     Stephen Hemminger <>
Cc:     David Miller <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] igb: add module param to set max-rss-queues.

On 03/24/2017 04:14 PM, Stephen Hemminger wrote:
> On Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:20:56 -0700
> Ben Greear <> wrote:
>> On 03/24/2017 02:12 PM, David Miller wrote:
>>> From:
>>> Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:58:47 -0700
>>>> From: Ben Greear <>
>>>> In systems where you may have a very large number of network
>>>> adapters, certain drivers may consume an unfair amount of
>>>> IRQ resources.  So, allow a module param that will limit the
>>>> number of IRQs at driver load time.  This way, other drivers
>>>> (40G Ethernet, for instance), which probably will need the
>>>> multiple IRQs more, will not be starved of IRQ resources.
>>>> Signed-off-by: Ben Greear <>
>>> Sorry, no module params.
>>> Use generic run-time facilities such as ethtool to configure
>>> such things.
>> You cannot call ethtool before module load time, and that is when
>> the IRQs are first acquired.  It may be way more useful to give each
>> of 20 network adapters 2 irqs than have the first few grab 16 and the rest
>> get lumped into legacy crap.
> Almost all network devices do not acquire interrupts until device is brought up.
> I.e request_irq is called from open not probe. This is done so that configuration
> can be done and also so that unused ports don't consume interrupt space.

If I ever have to deal with this on stock kernels again I'll keep that in mind.


Ben Greear <>
Candela Technologies Inc

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