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Date:   Mon, 18 Feb 2019 10:47:57 +0000
From:   Russell King - ARM Linux admin <linux@...linux.org.uk>
To:     Antoine Tenart <antoine.tenart@...tlin.com>
Cc:     davem@...emloft.net, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, thomas.petazzoni@...tlin.com,
        maxime.chevallier@...tlin.com, gregory.clement@...tlin.com,
        miquel.raynal@...tlin.com, nadavh@...vell.com, stefanc@...vell.com,
        ymarkman@...vell.com, mw@...ihalf.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 10/13] net: mvpp2: reset the XPCS while
 reconfiguring the serdes lanes

On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 10:43:02AM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux admin wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 11:26:30AM +0100, Antoine Tenart wrote:
> > Hi Russell,
> > 
> > On Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 05:12:24PM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux admin wrote:
> > > On Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 04:32:38PM +0100, Antoine Tenart wrote:
> > > > The documentation advises to set the XPCS in reset while reconfiguring
> > > > the serdes lanes. This seems to be a good thing to do, but the PPv2
> > > > driver wasn't doing it. This patch fixes it.
> > > 
> > > Hmm.  That statment seems to have some ambiguity in it - we do two
> > > "reconfigurations" - one may be upon initialisation, where the lane
> > > is already configured for 10Gbase-KR, and we're re-initialising it
> > > for the same mode.  The other case is when we're switching between
> > > 10Gbase-KR and SGMII, or as will be the case with 2.5G support for
> > > the Alaska PHYs, 2500base-X.
> > 
> > The configuration at the lane at boot time is dependent to the
> > firmware or bootloader configuration. On the mcbin, the lane may be
> > configured in 10Gbase-KR, but it could be configured in SGMII as well.
> > The configuration upon initialization and the re-configuration are quite
> > similar then, as we might change mode as well at boot time.
> > 
> > You're right in that we might be re-configuring the lane for the same
> > exact mode at boot time, if it was already configured in the same mode.
> > 
> > > Does this apply to reconfiguration of the serdes lane between
> > > 10Gbase-KR and slower modes?
> > 
> > This applies only when configuring a line in a 10G mode,
> > mvpp22_gop_init_10gkr isn't called otherwise.
> > 
> > When switching to an non-10G mode we might want to put the XPCS in reset
> > though, which is not done today with this patch.
> 
> I'm merely pointing out the discrepency between the commit message and
> what is actually being done.  I'm not particularly concerned about what
> happens at boot.
> 
> We have four different transitions a port can go through, all of which
> reconfigure the serdes lanes:
> 
> 1. 10gkr -> 10gkr
> 2. 10gkr -> non-10gkr
> 3. non-10gkr -> non-10gkr
> 4. non-10gkr -> 10gkr
> 
> With this patch, XPCS is only placed into reset during the
> reconfiguration for cases 1 and 4.  Case 3 doesn't matter (the XPCS
> should already be in reset right?)  Case 2 isn't covered, and this
> leaves a rather big hole.
> 
> It seems to me that if the documentation states that the XPCS needs to
> be placed in reset while the serdes is reconfigured, then what should
> be happening is:
> 
> - at boot, place the XPCS into reset.
> - when we configure for 10gkr, release the reset once we've finished
>   configuring the serdes.
> - when we configure away from 10gkr, place the XPCS back into reset
>   before configuring the serdes.
> 
> Merely placing the XPCS into reset while we configure the serdes for
> 10gkr doesn't seem to be "fixing" the driver to conform to your commit
> message opening statement.

Another case that needs to be considered: if the XPCS should be placed
into reset while reconfiguring the serdes lanes, is the same treatment
needed for the GMAC?

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