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SubjectRe: Multiple MSI
On Thu, 2008-07-03 at 14:41 +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-07-02 at 21:59 -0600, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> >
> >
> > This is true and worth considering carefully. Are IRQ numbers a scarce
> > resource on PowerPC? They are considerably less scarce than interrupt
> > vectors are on x86-64. How hard is it to make IRQ numbers an abundent
> > resource? Is it simply a question of increasing NR_IRQS?
> Yes, indeed, they aren't really scarce... actually less than the
> underlying HW vectors in most cases, so it isn't a big issue to add some
> kind of constraint to the allocator.

Not scarce, but increasing NR_IRQS makes some static arrays bigger,
which is not so nice.

> > By the way, would people be interested in changing the MSI-X API to get
> > rid of the msix_entry array? If allocating consecutive IRQs isn't a
> > problem, then we could switch the MSI-X code to use consecutive IRQs.
> It would make a lot of code simpler...

It's not a pretty API to be sure. I thought drivers needed the
flexibility of being able to specify non-contiguous ranges. In practice
it looks like only s2io is doing anything different.


Michael Ellerman
OzLabs, IBM Australia Development Lab

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