Re: NS83820 2.6.0-test5 driver seems unstable on IA64

From: Grant Grundler <>
Date: 2003-09-19 15:04:29
On Fri, Sep 19, 2003 at 06:43:15AM +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
> It is a mixed blessing, because the result is a non cache line 
> aligned buffer. Some NIC chipsets don't like this because they have
> to do a read-modify-write cycle for the first cache line and cannot
> burst the full packet.

yeah, that reminds me...tulip can only DMA to word aligned addresses.
I looked it up again in DEC 21143 HWREF (page 113 of the pdf):
        Table 4-3. RDES2 Bit Field Description
    Field      Description
    31:0       Buffer Address 1
               Indicates the physical address of buffer 1. 
               The buffer must be longword aligned (RDES2<1:0> = 00).

Same is true for TX/RX descriptor addresses.
Behavior is undefined if the addresses for DMA are not 4-byte aligned.

Anyone know if that's true for NS83820?
I couldn't find which driver controls that chip/NIC via a quick grep.

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