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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 00/12] net: introduce Qualcomm IPA driver
On Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 1:33 AM Alex Elder <> wrote:
> The code has undergone considerable rework to prepare it for
> incorporation into upstream Linux. Parts of it bear little
> resemblance to the original driver. Still, some work remains
> to be done. The current code and its design had a preliminary
> review, and some changes to the data path implementation were
> recommended. These have not yet been addressed:
> - Use NAPI for all interfaces, not just RX (and WAN data) endpoints.
> - Do more work in the NAPI poll function, including collecting
> completed TX requests and posting buffers for RX.
> - Do not use periodic NOP requests as a way to avoid TX interrupts.
> - The NAPI context should be associated with the hardware interrupt
> (it is now associated with something abstracted from the hardware).
> - Use threaded interrupts, to avoid the need for using spinlocks and
> atomic variables for synchronizing between workqueue and interrupt
> context.
> - Have runtime power management enable and disable IPA clock and
> interconnects.
> Many thanks to Arnd Bergmann, Ilias Apalodimas, and Bjorn Andersson
> for their early feedback.

Thanks for getting the current version out even with the long TODO
list. I've had my first deeper look at some of the patches and found
a few more things that likely require substantial rework. I also think
there is still significant room for simplifying it further, and getting
better performance out of it in the process.

Also, despite the criticism in my patch review, I have to say you've
done a great job at cutting out a lot of the things that were present
in the past, it's good to see that you have come this far with the


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