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From: Ben Hutchings <>
To: David Laight <David.Laight@ACULAB.COM>
Cc: David Miller <>,
	Heiko Carstens <>,
	Geert Uytterhoeven <>,
	Linux Kernel Development <>,
	<>, netdev <>
Subject: Re: [PATCHv2 net 1/2] sfc: Delete EFX_PAGE_IP_ALIGN, equivalent to NET_IP_ALIGN
Date: Tue, 14 May 2013 14:48:43 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Tue, 2013-05-14 at 09:32 +0100, David Laight wrote:
> > The two architectures that define CONFIG_HAVE_EFFICIENT_UNALIGNED_ACCESS
> > (powerpc and x86) now both define NET_IP_ALIGN as 0, so there is no
> > need for this optimisation any more.
> Hmmm.... even on x86 there will be a measurable cost
> in misaligned accesses - at least for some workloads.

When they cross cache-line boundaries, yes.

Maybe napi_get_frags() should be adding the 2 byte offset on all
architectures, as the skbs it allocates are never RX DMA buffers.

> If the DMA is able to write to a mis-aligned buffer and
> still perform aligned burst transfers mid-frame then
> 4n+2 aligning the rx buffer should be a win even on x86.

I don't think so.

> Note to hardware engineers: add an option to write two
> bytes of junk before the rx data :-)

There is some hardware with that option.


Ben Hutchings, Staff Engineer, Solarflare
Not speaking for my employer; that's the marketing department's job.
They asked us to note that Solarflare product names are trademarked.

  reply	other threads:[~2013-05-14 13:48 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2013-05-13 21:58 Ben Hutchings
2013-05-13 22:01 ` [PATCHv2 net 2/2] sfc: Reduce RX scatter buffer size, and reduce alignment if appropriate Ben Hutchings
2013-05-14  7:09   ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2013-05-14 18:32   ` David Miller
2013-07-23 20:19   ` Ben Hutchings
2013-05-14  8:32 ` [PATCHv2 net 1/2] sfc: Delete EFX_PAGE_IP_ALIGN, equivalent to NET_IP_ALIGN David Laight
2013-05-14 13:48   ` Ben Hutchings [this message]
2013-05-14 18:32 ` David Miller

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