path: root/drivers/net/e1000/e1000_param.c
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authorJesse Brandeburg <jesse.brandeburg@intel.com>2006-11-01 08:48:13 -0800
committerJeff Garzik <jeff@garzik.org>2006-12-02 00:12:00 -0500
commit835bb1298311f372a3387fb40b952b18d90aa9f8 (patch)
tree1a58003158f03397212979727c2f5cfa37ebc4f2 /drivers/net/e1000/e1000_param.c
parent9ac98284428961bd5be285a6cc1f5e6f5b6644aa (diff)
e1000: add dynamic itr modes
Add a new dynamic itr algorithm, with 2 modes, and make it the default operation mode. This greatly reduces latency and increases small packet performance, at the "cost" of some CPU utilization. Bulk traffic throughput is unaffected. The driver can limit the amount of interrupts per second that the adapter will generate for incoming packets. It does this by writing a value to the adapter that is based on the maximum amount of interrupts that the adapter will generate per second. Setting InterruptThrottleRate to a value greater or equal to 100 will program the adapter to send out a maximum of that many interrupts per second, even if more packets have come in. This reduces interrupt load on the system and can lower CPU utilization under heavy load, but will increase latency as packets are not processed as quickly. The default behaviour of the driver previously assumed a static InterruptThrottleRate value of 8000, providing a good fallback value for all traffic types,but lacking in small packet performance and latency. The hardware can handle many more small packets per second however, and for this reason an adaptive interrupt moderation algorithm was implemented. Since 7.3.x, the driver has two adaptive modes (setting 1 or 3) in which it dynamically adjusts the InterruptThrottleRate value based on the traffic that it receives. After determining the type of incoming traffic in the last timeframe, it will adjust the InterruptThrottleRate to an appropriate value for that traffic. The algorithm classifies the incoming traffic every interval into classes. Once the class is determined, the InterruptThrottleRate value is adjusted to suit that traffic type the best. There are three classes defined: "Bulk traffic", for large amounts of packets of normal size; "Low latency", for small amounts of traffic and/or a significant percentage of small packets; and "Lowest latency", for almost completely small packets or minimal traffic. In dynamic conservative mode, the InterruptThrottleRate value is set to 4000 for traffic that falls in class "Bulk traffic". If traffic falls in the "Low latency" or "Lowest latency" class, the InterruptThrottleRate is increased stepwise to 20000. This default mode is suitable for most applications. For situations where low latency is vital such as cluster or grid computing, the algorithm can reduce latency even more when InterruptThrottleRate is set to mode 1. In this mode, which operates the same as mode 3, the InterruptThrottleRate will be increased stepwise to 70000 for traffic in class "Lowest latency". Setting InterruptThrottleRate to 0 turns off any interrupt moderation and may improve small packet latency, but is generally not suitable for bulk throughput traffic. Signed-off-by: Jesse Brandeburg <jesse.brandeburg@intel.com> Cc: Rick Jones <rick.jones2@hp.com> Signed-off-by: Auke Kok <auke-jan.h.kok@intel.com>
Diffstat (limited to 'drivers/net/e1000/e1000_param.c')
1 files changed, 20 insertions, 8 deletions
diff --git a/drivers/net/e1000/e1000_param.c b/drivers/net/e1000/e1000_param.c
index e4f88920b46..cbfcd7f2889 100644
--- a/drivers/net/e1000/e1000_param.c
+++ b/drivers/net/e1000/e1000_param.c
@@ -139,7 +139,7 @@ E1000_PARAM(XsumRX, "Disable or enable Receive Checksum offload");
* Valid Range: 0-65535
E1000_PARAM(TxIntDelay, "Transmit Interrupt Delay");
-#define DEFAULT_TIDV 64
+#define DEFAULT_TIDV 8
#define MIN_TXDELAY 0
@@ -148,7 +148,7 @@ E1000_PARAM(TxIntDelay, "Transmit Interrupt Delay");
* Valid Range: 0-65535
E1000_PARAM(TxAbsIntDelay, "Transmit Absolute Interrupt Delay");
-#define DEFAULT_TADV 64
+#define DEFAULT_TADV 32
@@ -167,16 +167,16 @@ E1000_PARAM(RxIntDelay, "Receive Interrupt Delay");
* Valid Range: 0-65535
E1000_PARAM(RxAbsIntDelay, "Receive Absolute Interrupt Delay");
-#define DEFAULT_RADV 128
+#define DEFAULT_RADV 8
/* Interrupt Throttle Rate (interrupts/sec)
- * Valid Range: 100-100000 (0=off, 1=dynamic)
+ * Valid Range: 100-100000 (0=off, 1=dynamic, 3=dynamic conservative)
E1000_PARAM(InterruptThrottleRate, "Interrupt Throttling Rate");
-#define DEFAULT_ITR 8000
+#define DEFAULT_ITR 3
#define MAX_ITR 100000
#define MIN_ITR 100
@@ -472,15 +472,27 @@ e1000_check_options(struct e1000_adapter *adapter)
case 1:
DPRINTK(PROBE, INFO, "%s set to dynamic mode\n",
- opt.name);
+ opt.name);
+ adapter->itr_setting = adapter->itr;
+ adapter->itr = 20000;
+ break;
+ case 3:
+ "%s set to dynamic conservative mode\n",
+ opt.name);
+ adapter->itr_setting = adapter->itr;
+ adapter->itr = 20000;
e1000_validate_option(&adapter->itr, &opt,
- adapter);
+ adapter);
+ /* save the setting, because the dynamic bits change itr */
+ adapter->itr_setting = adapter->itr;
} else {
- adapter->itr = opt.def;
+ adapter->itr_setting = opt.def;
+ adapter->itr = 20000;
{ /* Smart Power Down */