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Fast Ethernet Controller FEC slow start

Question asked by Frederik Juul on Jul 22, 2015
Latest reply on Jul 23, 2015 by CarlosCasillas

I'm building an embedded system using an IMX6SX. I need it to boot very fast, so I've been tuning boot parameters.


The system first boots into uboot, which loads the kernel over TFTP, then boots into the kernel using NFS. My bootargs are:


console=ttymxc0,115200 root=/dev/nfs ip= nfsroot= quiet


Most of the system is booted in the first 0.3 seconds. However when it comes to the FEC it hangs for something VERY close to exactly 4 seconds, before moving on.


A log of the issue:


If I try the same boot using a fixed-phy setup, the 4 seconds are reduced to similarly close to 2 seconds, which is still a bit more than I would like. Otherwise the log looks the same.


To me, given the very exact times, it looks like a timeout or a delay. I was hoping that someone could give me some pointers to mitigate the problem a bit, be reducing the delay. In the final setup the phy will be an FPGA and I will be able to know everything about the setup beforehand, which I hope will help with boot time even further. I can't find what in the source code causes this delay and I can't seem to get it to print out anymore than it already does.


As soon as I get my hands on some of my custom boards, I will try booting without using NFS, which will also mean that the FEC driver is not strictly necessary on boot, which might make it possible to mitigate my problem.

[    0.304651] snvs_rtc 20cc034.snvs-rtc-lp: setting system clock to 1970-01-01 00:24:39 UTC (1479)
[    0.392520] fec 2188000.ethernet eth0: Freescale FEC PHY driver [Generic PHY] (mii_bus:phy_addr=2188000.ethernet:01, irq=-1)
[    4.392509] libphy: 2188000.ethernet:01 - Link is Up - 1000/Full
[    4.432115] IP-Config: Complete:
[    4.432132]      device=eth0, hwaddr=00:04:9f:03:87:c4, ipaddr=, mask=, gw=
[    4.432141]      host=, domain=, nis-domain=(none)
[    4.432149]      bootserver=, rootserver=, rootpath=
[    4.446599] VFS: Mounted root (nfs filesystem) readonly on device 0:12.
[    4.447943] devtmpfs: mounted
[    4.448153] Freeing unused kernel memory: 248K (80698000 - 806d6000)
[    4.761983] random: dd urandom read with 14 bits of entropy available