On Dec 29, 2005, at 3:10 PM, Andrew Gallatin wrote:
I'm writing my first pure, straight-to-hardware, ethernet driver for
darwin. I'm just wondering what serialization is provided by IOKit,
and what do I need to provide for myself. I've read the "Network
Device Driver Programming Guide", and it only mentions locking in the
context of using a gated output queue, and it suggests that the driver
protect the enable/disable methods with a mutex.
The enable and disable method calls are always gated on the
controller's work loop.
Some drivers also leverage that the enable/disable methods are called
in the proper sequence across sleep wake. And a lot of the sleep/wake
handling can be moved inside those methods. The networking family
does a thread callout to avoid hogging the PM work loop.
What about all the other entry points to the driver? For example, can
setPromiscuousMode() be called simultaniously from multiple threads?
Or do these calls happen in the workloop context so they are
automagically gated? How about setMaxPacketSize()?
I recall "almost" everything is gated, with the exception of
outputPacket() for performance reasons.
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