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Date:   Fri, 31 May 2019 09:46:43 +0800
From:   biao huang <biao.huang@...iatek.com>
To:     Andrew Lunn <andrew@...n.ch>, Jose Abreu <joabreu@...opsys.com>
CC:     Giuseppe Cavallaro <peppe.cavallaro@...com>,
        Alexandre Torgue <alexandre.torgue@...com>,
        Maxime Coquelin <mcoquelin.stm32@...il.com>,
        Matthias Brugger <matthias.bgg@...il.com>,
        <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        <linux-stm32@...md-mailman.stormreply.com>,
        <linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org>,
        <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        <linux-mediatek@...ts.infradead.org>, <yt.shen@...iatek.com>,
        <jianguo.zhang@...iatek.com>, <boon.leong.ong@...el.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/4] net: stmmac: modify default value of tx-frames

Hi Andrew,

On Thu, 2019-05-30 at 14:58 +0200, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 04:54:43PM +0800, Biao Huang wrote:
> > the default value of tx-frames is 25, it's too late when
> > passing tstamp to stack, then the ptp4l will fail:
> > 
> > ptp4l -i eth0 -f gPTP.cfg -m
> > ptp4l: selected /dev/ptp0 as PTP clock
> > ptp4l: port 1: INITIALIZING to LISTENING on INITIALIZE
> > ptp4l: port 0: INITIALIZING to LISTENING on INITIALIZE
> > ptp4l: port 1: link up
> > ptp4l: timed out while polling for tx timestamp
> > ptp4l: increasing tx_timestamp_timeout may correct this issue,
> >        but it is likely caused by a driver bug
> > ptp4l: port 1: send peer delay response failed
> > ptp4l: port 1: LISTENING to FAULTY on FAULT_DETECTED (FT_UNSPECIFIED)
> > 
> > ptp4l tests pass when changing the tx-frames from 25 to 1 with
> > ethtool -C option.
> > It should be fine to set tx-frames default value to 1, so ptp4l will pass
> > by default.
> 
> Hi Biao
> 
> What does this do to the number of interrupts? Do we get 25 times more
> interrupts? Have you done any performance tests to see if this causes
> performance regressions?
Yes, it seems tx-frames=25 can reduce interrupts.
But the tx interrupt is handled in napi now, which will disable/enable
tx interrupts at the beginning/ending of napi flow.

Here is the test result on our platform:
		tx-frames=1		tx-frames=25		
irq number	478514			393750	
performance	904Mbits/sec		902Mbits/sec

commands for test:
	"cat /proc/interrupts | grep eth0"
	"iperf3 -c ipaddress -w 256K -t 60"

Thanks to napi, the interrupts will not grow 25 times more(almost the
same level), and no obvious performance degradation.

Is there anybody can double check the performance with tx-frames = 0 or
25?
> 
> 	    Andrew
Thanks.
Biao


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