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Date:   Wed, 22 May 2019 12:09:06 -0700 (PDT)
From:   David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] ocelot: Dont allocate another multicast list, use

From: Claudiu Manoil <>
Date: Tue, 21 May 2019 19:52:55 +0300

> Doing kmalloc in atomic context is always an issue,
> more so for a list that can grow significantly.
> Turns out that the driver only uses the duplicated
> list of multicast mac addresses to keep track of
> what addresses to delete from h/w before committing
> the new list from kernel to h/w back again via set_rx_mode,
> every time this list gets updated by the kernel.
> Given that the h/w knows how to add and delete mac addresses
> based on the mac address value alone, __dev_mc_sync should be
> the much better choice of kernel API for these operations
> avoiding the considerable overhead of maintaining a duplicated
> list in the driver.
> Signed-off-by: Claudiu Manoil <>
> ---
> Maybe this should go to net, since there were objections
> for abusing kmalloc(GFP_ATOMIC).


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