[rt2x00-users] [RFC] rt2x00: Use tasklets for rt2x00usb

Helmut Schaa helmut.schaa at googlemail.com
Thu Jul 22 17:19:31 AEST 2010

Am Donnerstag 22 Juli 2010 schrieb Ivo Van Doorn:
> On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 8:53 AM, Helmut Schaa
> <helmut.schaa at googlemail.com> wrote:
> > Am Donnerstag 22 Juli 2010 schrieb Mark Asselstine:
> >> On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 6:32 PM, Ivo van Doorn <ivdoorn at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> > This updates the rt2x00usb driver to use tasklets for handling interrupts.
> >> > This simplifies the code in rt2x00lib since it no longer needs to check if the
> >> > device is USB or PCI to decide which mac80211 function should be used.
> >> >
> >> > This patch is work in progress, but I would to hear if there are any comments
> >> > on the approach taken.
> >> >
> >> > Signed-off-by: Ivo van Doorn <IvDoorn at gmail.com>
> >> > ---
> >>
> >> Ivo,  I know it has been far too long since I have done any work on
> >> this project and I am far from an expert so feel free hit the delete
> >> key... that being said. Tasklets are used less and less in the kernel
> >> as there are now other mechanisms which offer the same flexibility.
> >> Seeing this trend makes me feel rt2x00 is moving in the opposite
> >> direction. Have you looked at threaded interrupts (which are now in
> >> mainline) as an alternative? If I can get my development environment
> >> setup quickly I will try to do better then these few words and
> >> actually attempt an implementation if you think it is worth it.
> >
> > I agree. We switched all rt2x00 PCI drivers to use threaded interrupts
> > already. However, since the USB versions don't have something like an
> > interrupt handler I don't know how we could move the rx/tx handling
> > into process context without introducing delays (for example when using a
> > workqueue) and concurrency.
> The reason why I made the switch was in preparation for a different patch,
> which actually needs a short delay between the URB callback function and
> the processing of the data. And a side-benefit is that it manages to clean some
> stuff up in the TX/RX processing which is also nice. :)

Ok, understood. I don't know what you're working on right now ;) but the
tasklet approach should be fine (in regard to the mac80211 interaction at


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