[RFC 0/7] Add support to process rx packets in thread

Florian Fainelli f.fainelli at gmail.com
Tue Jul 21 14:05:03 EDT 2020

On 7/21/20 10:25 AM, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 10:44:19PM +0530, Rakesh Pillai wrote:
>> NAPI gets scheduled on the CPU core which got the
>> interrupt. The linux scheduler cannot move it to a
>> different core, even if the CPU on which NAPI is running
>> is heavily loaded. This can lead to degraded wifi
>> performance when running traffic at peak data rates.
>> A thread on the other hand can be moved to different
>> CPU cores, if the one on which its running is heavily
>> loaded. During high incoming data traffic, this gives
>> better performance, since the thread can be moved to a
>> less loaded or sometimes even a more powerful CPU core
>> to account for the required CPU performance in order
>> to process the incoming packets.
>> This patch series adds the support to use a high priority
>> thread to process the incoming packets, as opposed to
>> everything being done in NAPI context.
> I don't see why this problem is limited to the ath10k driver. I expect
> it applies to all drivers using NAPI. So shouldn't you be solving this
> in the NAPI core? Allow a driver to request the NAPI core uses a
> thread?

What's more, you should be able to configure interrupt affinity to steer
RX processing onto a desired CPU core, is not that working for you somehow?

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