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Week 7 [ Mon 5 Jul 2010 - Sun 11 Jul 2010 ]

Day 1 [ Mon 5 Jul 2010 ]

Git commit: 959381fd2d516e50324047113bf7a5bd160d07e3

Started working on the .transmit routine. As a minor off-topic, I just want to say that even though this driver hasn't been so much fun to develop ( because it involved a lot more copy and paste than the old one ), it definitely compensated through a large number of theoretical concepts ( see my previous entries for more details ). The first thing I ran into today was Large segment offloading.

LSO works by delegating the responsibility of packet fragmentation to the NIC, thus relieving the CPU of the task of splitting packets to the appropriate size. This saves CPU cycles and increases performance. I made the connection with a paper I've read earlier this year, also related to offloading. Anyway, since gPXE does not does not support LSO, the related code will be ignored but it was an interesting concept to read about nevertheless.

After that I removed the old way of representing the circular buffer (using two pointers), cleaned up the dma-tx-related code, and got .transmit done. There isn't much to say about it, you just put the buffer's address into the descriptor, along with the size and the ownership bit. I suppose the NVREX_TXRXCTL_KICK write into the NvRegTxRxControl registers makes the NIC re-evaluate the descriptors and send any new packets. TODO: forgot to fill the size.


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