RE: NS83820 2.6.0-test5 driver seems unstable on IA64

From: Luck, Tony <>
Date: 2003-09-24 08:58:29
Alan Cox wrote:
> On Maw, 2003-09-23 at 19:21, Luck, Tony wrote:
> > a) the programmer is playing fast and loose with types and/or casts.
> > b) the end-user is going to be disappointed with the performance.
> c) the programmer is being clever and knows the unaligned access is
> cheaper on average than the cost of making sure it cant happen

Which is great until the "cleverly written" program is fed a data set
that pushes into the unaligned case far more frequently than the
programmer anticipated.

> > Looking at a couple of ia64 build servers here I see zero unaligned
> > access messages in the logs.
> Anyone who can deliver network traffic to your box can soon 
> fix that...

See answer above :-)

-Tony Luck
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Received on Tue Sep 23 19:04:56 2003

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