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

Ivo Van Doorn ivdoorn at gmail.com
Thu Jul 22 19:55:36 AEST 2010

On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 9:19 AM, Helmut Schaa
<helmut.schaa at googlemail.com> wrote:
> 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 ;)

Oh, lets say that I am working on one of your ideas regarding rt2800usb
and rate control mechanisms :P

> but the
> tasklet approach should be fine (in regard to the mac80211 interaction at
> least).

Well I just did some testing and rt2800usb needs to use a mutex, so
tasklets aren't the right tool (Doh!). I'll convert it to the workqueue :)


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