[PATCH 05/14] net: axienet: Service completion interrupts ASAP

David Laight David.Laight at ACULAB.COM
Wed Feb 12 11:38:36 EST 2014

From: Michal Simek
> From: Peter Crosthwaite <peter.crosthwaite at xilinx.com>
> The packet completion interrupts for TX and RX should be serviced before
> the packets are consumed. This ensures against the degenerate case when a
> new completion interrupt is raised after the handler has exited but before
> the interrupts are cleared. In this case its possible for the ISR to clear
> an unhandled interrupt (leading to potential deadlock).

I would clear the IRQ after processing the last packet, and then do a final
check for another packet.

That reduces the number of interrupts you take and then find there is
no work (because it was done on the previous interrupt).

There is a slight 'gotcha' in that the write to clear the IRQ can easily
get delayed enough the that cpu exits the ISR before the IRQ line
actually drops - leading the unwanted and unclaimed interrupts.
A posted write over PCIe could easily take long enough.

Maybe a hybrid scheme where the IRQ is cleared when the next entry
is still owned by the device would work.


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