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Date:   Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:04:26 -0700
From:   Florian Fainelli <>
To:     David Daney <>,
        David Daney <>,,,
        James Hogan <>,,
        "David S. Miller" <>,
        Rob Herring <>,
        Mark Rutland <>
        "Steven J. Hill" <>,, Carlos Munoz <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 4/7] MIPS: Octeon: Add Free Pointer Unit (FPA) support.

On 11/02/2017 09:27 AM, David Daney wrote:
> On 11/01/2017 08:29 PM, Florian Fainelli wrote:
>> Le 11/01/17 à 17:36, David Daney a écrit :
>>> From: Carlos Munoz <>
>>>  From the hardware user manual: "The FPA is a unit that maintains
>>> pools of pointers to free L2/DRAM memory. To provide QoS, the pools
>>> are referenced indirectly through 1024 auras. Both core software
>>> and hardware units allocate and free pointers."
>> This looks like a possibly similar implement to what
>> drivers/net/ethernet/marvell/mvneta_bm.c, can you see if you can make
>> any use of genpool_* and include/net/hwbm.h here as well?
> Yikes!  Is it permitted to put function definitions that are not "static
> inline" in header files?

Meh well, this is not even ressembling what we initially discussed, so I
was hoping we could build more interesting features on top of this.

> The driver currently doesn't use page fragments, so I don't think that
> the hwbm thing can be used.
> Also the FPA unit is used to control RED and back pressure in the PKI
> (packet input processor), which are features that are features not
> considered in hwbm.
> The OCTEON-III hardware also uses the FPA for non-packet-buffer memory
> allocations.  So for those, it seems that hwbm is also not a good fit.

OK, let me see if I understand how FPA works, can we say that this is
more or less a buffer tokenizer in that, you give it a buffer physical
address and it returns an unique identifier that the FPA uses for actual
packet passing, transmission and other manipulations?

There were a few funky things in the network driver, I will comment there.

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