[OpenWrt-Devel] [PATCH] ath79: ag71xx: Remove ndo_poll_controller

Rosen Penev rosenp at gmail.com
Mon Mar 4 01:21:19 EST 2019

It is unused by default and upstream is trying to remove it as it has
negative effects when the driver is under load. Upstream explanation:

netpoll: avoid capture effects for NAPI drivers
As diagnosed by Song Liu, ndo_poll_controller() can
be very dangerous on loaded hosts, since the cpu
calling ndo_poll_controller() might steal all NAPI
contexts (for all RX/TX queues of the NIC).

This capture, showing one ksoftirqd eating all cycles
can last for unlimited amount of time, since one
cpu is generally not able to drain all the queues under load.

It seems that all networking drivers that do use NAPI
for their TX completions, should not provide a ndo_poll_controller() :

Most NAPI drivers have netpoll support already handled
in core networking stack, since netpoll_poll_dev(
 uses poll_napi(dev) to iterate through registered
NAPI contexts for a device.

Signed-off-by: Rosen Penev <rosenp at gmail.com>
 .../net/ethernet/atheros/ag71xx/ag71xx_main.c   | 17 -----------------
 1 file changed, 17 deletions(-)

diff --git a/target/linux/ath79/files/drivers/net/ethernet/atheros/ag71xx/ag71xx_main.c b/target/linux/ath79/files/drivers/net/ethernet/atheros/ag71xx/ag71xx_main.c
index 11367d9b69..95848f611c 100644
--- a/target/linux/ath79/files/drivers/net/ethernet/atheros/ag71xx/ag71xx_main.c
+++ b/target/linux/ath79/files/drivers/net/ethernet/atheros/ag71xx/ag71xx_main.c
@@ -1289,20 +1289,6 @@ static irqreturn_t ag71xx_interrupt(int irq, void *dev_id)
 	return IRQ_HANDLED;
- * Polling 'interrupt' - used by things like netconsole to send skbs
- * without having to re-enable interrupts. It's not called while
- * the interrupt routine is executing.
- */
-static void ag71xx_netpoll(struct net_device *dev)
-	disable_irq(dev->irq);
-	ag71xx_interrupt(dev->irq, dev);
-	enable_irq(dev->irq);
 static int ag71xx_change_mtu(struct net_device *dev, int new_mtu)
 	struct ag71xx *ag = netdev_priv(dev);
@@ -1323,9 +1309,6 @@ static const struct net_device_ops ag71xx_netdev_ops = {
 	.ndo_change_mtu		= ag71xx_change_mtu,
 	.ndo_set_mac_address	= eth_mac_addr,
 	.ndo_validate_addr	= eth_validate_addr,
-	.ndo_poll_controller	= ag71xx_netpoll,
 static int ag71xx_probe(struct platform_device *pdev)

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