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Date:   Sat, 02 May 2020 16:42:19 -0700 (PDT)
From:   David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v5] net: ethernet: fec: Replace interrupt
 driven MDIO with polled IO

From: Andrew Lunn <>
Date: Sat,  2 May 2020 17:25:04 +0200

> Measurements of the MDIO bus have shown that driving the MDIO bus
> using interrupts is slow. Back to back MDIO transactions take about
> 90us, with 25us spent performing the transaction, and the remainder of
> the time the bus is idle.
> Replacing the completion interrupt with polled IO results in back to
> back transactions of 40us. The polling loop waiting for the hardware
> to complete the transaction takes around 28us. Which suggests
> interrupt handling has an overhead of 50us, and polled IO nearly
> halves this overhead, and doubles the MDIO performance.
> Care has to be taken when setting the MII_SPEED register, or it can
> trigger an MII event> That then upsets the polling, due to an
> unexpected pending event.
> Suggested-by: Chris Heally <>
> Signed-off-by: Andrew Lunn <>
> Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>

Applied, thanks Andrew.

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