Bad tg3 performance on S10 netbook

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Matt Carlson Jan. 14, 2009, 11:47 p.m.
On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 02:18:35PM -0800, Ben Greear wrote:
> We are testing an S10 netbook from Lenovo and it's built-in
> tg3 NIC is getting lots of 'rx-irq-missed' events and is dropping
> packets while running at about 45Mbps tx + rx.
> This is kernel 2.6.25 plus some hacks.  We did most testing
> on the stock 2.6.25 tg3 driver, but a quick attempt at using
> the latest tg3 from bcm's site shows the same irq-miss issue.
> We tried forcing the cpufreq to max (1.6Ghz) and that didn't
> help much.
> We tried setting the rx buffers to 511 (max for this chip it seems)
> and that didn't help.
> The one thing that *does* help is to run something that eats a lot
> of CPU.  This is what made us think that the cpufreq was the issue,
> but again, hard-coding it didn't help.
> We tried turning on adaptive-rx (it is off by default), and again,
> no improvement.
> So, does anyone have any suggestions on what else to poke at?
> Full lspci output is below.
> Thanks,
> Ben

Does the following patch fix the problem?

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Ben Greear Jan. 15, 2009, 12:07 a.m. | #1
Matt Carlson wrote:

>> Thanks,
>> Ben
> Does the following patch fix the problem?

It does seem to fix the rx-miss.  Our application still runs
sub-optimal until we do something that uses lots of CPU, but
at least the NIC doesn't appear to be dropping packets now.

I tested this patch on the standard tg3 in the kernel,



--- 1/drivers/net/tg3.c	2008-11-10 10:50:34.000000000 -0800
+++ 2/drivers/net/tg3.c	2009-01-14 08:28:10.000000000 -0800
@@ -10709,7 +10709,7 @@  static void __devinit tg3_get_eeprom_hw_
 			tp->tg3_flags2 |= TG3_FLG2_IS_NIC;
 		val = tr32(VCPU_CFGSHDW);
+		/* if (val & VCPU_CFGSHDW_ASPM_DBNC) */
 			tp->tg3_flags |= TG3_FLAG_ASPM_WORKAROUND;
 		if ((val & VCPU_CFGSHDW_WOL_ENABLE) &&