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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/5] net: ethernet: mtk_eth_soc: work around issue with sending small fragments
On 24.11.22 18:54, Alexander Lobakin wrote:
> From: Felix Fietkau <>
> Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2022 10:57:52 +0100
>> When frames are sent with very small fragments, the DMA engine appears to
>> lock up and transmit attempts time out. Fix this by detecting the presence
>> of small fragments and use skb_gso_segment + skb_linearize to deal with
>> them
> Nit: all of your commit messages don't have a trailing dot (.), not
> sure if it's important, but my eye is missing it definitely :D
> skb_gso_segment() and skb_linearize() are slow as hell. I think you
> can do it differently. I guess only the first (head) and the last
> frag can be so small, right?
> So, if a frag from shinfo->frags is less than 16, get a new frag of
> the minimum acceptable size via netdev_alloc_frag(), copy the data
> to it and pad the rest with zeroes. Then increase skb->len and
> skb->data_len, skb_frag_unref() the current, "invalid" frag and
> replace the pointer to the new frag. I didn't miss anything I
> believe... Zero padding the tail is usual thing for NICs. skb frag
> substitution is less common, but should be legit.
> If skb_headlen() is less than 16, try doing pskb_may_pull() +
> __skb_pull() at first. The argument would be `16 - headlen`. If
> pskb_may_pull() returns false, then yeah, you have no choice other
> than segmenting and linearizing ._.
I looked into this some more and spoke with people at MTK. It appears
that in principle, the DMA engine is able to process very small
fragments. However, when it is being flooded with them, a FIFO can
overflow, which causes the hang that I was observing.
I think your suggestion likely would not fix the issue completely.
A MTK engineer also confirmed that my approach is the correct one for
handling this.
I will send v2 with an updated description.


- Felix

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