Re: [PATCH] starfire reads irq before pci_enable_device.

From: Donald Becker (
Date: Fri Feb 09 2001 - 17:56:06 EST

On 9 Feb 2001, Jes Sorensen wrote:

> >>>>> "Jeff" == Jeff Garzik <> writes:
> Jeff> Donald Becker wrote:
> >> On Tue, 16 Jan 2001, Jeff Garzik wrote: > * IA64 support (Jes) Oh,
> >> and this is completely bogus. This isn't a fix, it's a hack that
> >> covers up the real problem.
> >>
> >> The align-copy should *never* be required because the alignment
> >> differs between DIX and E-II encapsulated packets. The machine
> >> shouldn't crash because someone sends you a different encapsulation
> >> type!
> The ia64 kernel has gotten mis aligned load support, but it's slow as
> a dog so we really want to copy the packet every time anyway when the
> header is not aligned. If people send out 802.3 headers or other crap
> on Ethernet then it's just too bad.

Note the word "required", meaning "must be done" vs. "recommended"
meaning "should be done".

The initial issue was a comment in a starfire patch that claimed an IA64
bug had been fixed. The copy breakpoint change might have improved
performance by doing a copy-align, but it didn't fix a bug.

That performance tradeoff was already anticipated: the 'rx_copybreak'
value that was changed was a module parameter, not a constant. That
allows a module-load-time tradeoff, based the specific implementation,
of copying the received packet or accepting a few unaligned loads of the
usually small IP header. See the comments in starfire.c, as well as
several other bus-master drivers.

Donald Becker
Scyld Computing Corporation
410 Severn Ave. Suite 210 Second Generation Beowulf Clusters
Annapolis MD 21403 410-990-9993

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