Re: [PATCH] starfire reads irq before pci_enable_device.

From: Jes Sorensen (
Date: Mon Feb 12 2001 - 13:54:25 EST

>>>>> "Donald" == Donald Becker <> writes:

Donald> On 9 Feb 2001, Jes Sorensen wrote:
>> 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.

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

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

I agree it was a bug, and yes it has been fixed.

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

In this case it just results in a performance degradation for 99% of
the usage. What about making the change so it is optimized away unless
IPX is enabled?

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