Re: [PATCH beta 1] 0/3] Fix race conditions in mrf24j40 interrupts

From: David Hauweele
Date: Thu May 23 2013 - 13:54:22 EST

2013/5/23 Alan Ott <alan@xxxxxxxxxxx>:
> On 5/22/13 4:32 PM, David Hauweele wrote:
>> I cannot use level-triggered interrupts with GPIO on the RPi, so I
>> cannot test this specific patch.
> Is there another interrupt line you can tie into which does support
> level-trigger interrupts (INT0 or something)?

According to the datasheet it should be possible but the bcm2708 port
does not support it. I've been told that we shouldn't use level-triggered
interrupts in the first place.

>> However I agree with the idea of level-triggered interrupts, that
>> would fix all major problems related to missed interrupts.
>> Beside this I'm running a ping -f since more than two hours now and it
>> seems to work well.
> So that surprises me. I thought level-trigger interrupts were the thing that
> would fix this problem, and if you're not running with that patch, you just
> have the INIT_COMPLETION() fix (which you said didn't fix your issue) and
> the threaded interrupts patch, which I was fairly sure I had determined
> wasn't fixing any actual race-condition-related problems.

I should have been more clear about this. I've tested [PATCH 1/3]
which fixes the race condition with tx_complete. That is the
INIT_COMPLETION() fix. But it is still possible to miss an interrupt,
perhaps it just took longer this time. I ran the test again today and
it failed after 30 minutes.

I did not test [PATCH 2/3], that is the threaded IRQ. Instead I
removed interrupt enable/disable from the IRQ handler and the
workqueue. Without this the driver would fail within seconds of a ping
-f. Have you observed this too ? Perhaps this problem is specific to
the bcm2708 port.


> I'm glad, but surprised that you're no longer seeing issues.
> Alan.
>> 2013/5/22 Alan Ott <alan@xxxxxxxxxxx>:
>>> On 05/21/2013 10:01 PM, Alan Ott wrote:
>>>> David Hauweele noticed that the mrf24j40 would hang arbitrarily after
>>>> some
>>>> period of heavy traffic. Two race conditions were discovered, and the
>>>> driver was changed to use threaded interrupts, since the enable/disable
>>>> of
>>>> interrupts in the driver has recently been a lighning rod whenever
>>>> issues
>>>> arise related to interrupts (costing engineering time), and since
>>>> threaded
>>>> interrupts are the right way to do it.
>>>> Alan Ott (3):
>>>> mrf24j40: Move INIT_COMPLETION() to before packet transmission
>>>> mrf24j40: Use threaded IRQ handler
>>>> mrf24j40: Use level-triggered interrupts
>>>> drivers/net/ieee802154/mrf24j40.c | 31 +++++++++----------------------
>>>> 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 22 deletions(-)
>>> I forgot to add, I ran ping -f both ways all afternoon (6.5 hours), and
>>> it seems solid.
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