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Date:   Tue, 15 Dec 2020 13:26:27 +0100
From:   Hans de Goede <>
To:     "Limonciello, Mario" <>,
        Jeff Kirsher <>,
        Tony Nguyen <>,
        "" <>,
        David Miller <>,
        Aaron Ma <>,
        Mark Pearson <>
Cc:     "" <>,
        Netdev <>,
        Alexander Duyck <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>,
        Sasha Netfin <>,
        Aaron Brown <>,
        Stefan Assmann <>,
        "" <>,
        "Shen, Yijun" <>,
        "Yuan, Perry" <>,
        "" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 0/4] Improve s0ix flows for systems i219LM


On 12/14/20 8:36 PM, Limonciello, Mario wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> Sasha (and the other intel-wired-lan folks), thank you for investigating this
>> further and for coming up with a better solution.
>> Mario, thank you for implementing the new scheme.
> Sure.
>> I've tested this patch set on a Lenovo X1C8 with vPRO and AMT enabled in the
>> (the previous issues were soon on a X1C7).
>> I have good and bad news:
>> The good news is that after reverting the
>> "e1000e: disable s0ix entry and exit flows for ME systems"
>> I can reproduce the original issue on the X1C8 (I no longer have
>> a X1C7 to test on).
>> The bad news is that increasing the timeout to 1 second does
>> not fix the issue. Suspend/resume is still broken after one
>> suspend/resume cycle, as described in the original bug-report:
>> More good news though, bumping the timeout to 250 poll iterations
>> (approx 2.5 seconds) as done in Aaron Ma's original patch for
>> this fixes this on the X1C8 just as it did on the X1C7
>> (it takes 2 seconds for ULP_CONFIG_DONE to clear).
>> I've ran some extra tests and the poll loop succeeds on its
>> first iteration when an ethernet-cable is connected. It seems
>> that Lenovo's variant of the ME firmware waits up to 2 seconds
>> for a link, causing the long wait for ULP_CONFIG_DONE to clear.
>> I think that for now the best fix would be to increase the timeout
>> to 2.5 seconds as done in  Aaron Ma's original patch. Combined
>> with a broken-firmware warning when we waited longer then 1 second,
>> to make it clear that there is a firmware issue here and that
>> the long wait / slow resume is not the fault of the driver.
> OK.  I've submitted v5 with this suggestion.
>> ###
>> I've added Mark Pearson from Lenovo to the Cc so that Lenovo
>> can investigate this issue further.
>> Mark, this thread is about an issue with enabling S0ix support for
>> e1000e (i219lm) controllers. This was enabled in the kernel a
>> while ago, but then got disabled again on vPro / AMT enabled
>> systems because on some systems (Lenovo X1C7 and now also X1C8)
>> this lead to suspend/resume issues.
>> When AMT is active then there is a handover handshake for the
>> OS to get access to the ethernet controller from the ME. The
>> Intel folks have checked and the Windows driver is using a timeout
>> of 1 second for this handshake, yet on Lenovo systems this is
>> taking 2 seconds. This likely has something to do with the
>> ME firmware on these Lenovo models, can you get the firmware
>> team at Lenovo to investigate this further ?
> Please be very careful with nomenclature.  AMT active, or AMT capable?
> The goal for this series is to support AMT capable systems with an i219LM
> where AMT has not been provisioned by the end user or organization.
> OEMs do not ship systems with AMD provisioned.

Ah, sorry about that. What I meant with "active" is set to "Enabled"
in the BIOS.

Also FWIW I just tried disabling AMT in the BIOS (using the "Disabled"
option, not the "Permanently Disabled" option) on the Lenovo X1 Carbon
8th gen, but that does not make a difference.

It still takes 2 seconds for ULP_CONFIG_DONE to clear even with AMT
set to "Disabled" in the BIOS :|



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