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Date:	Wed, 21 Jul 2010 11:39:06 -0700 (PDT)
From:	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>
To:	leedom@...lsio.com
Cc:	shemminger@...tta.com, andy@...yhouse.net, harald@...hat.com,
	bhutchings@...arflare.com, sassmann@...hat.com,
	netdev@...r.kernel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
	gospo@...hat.com, gregory.v.rose@...el.com,
	alexander.h.duyck@...el.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next] sysfs: add entry to indicate network
 interfaces with random MAC address

From: Casey Leedom <leedom@...lsio.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 11:29:47 -0700

>   Another option might be to have a new Net Device Operations call to ask the 
> adapter for a Unique Key.  This could be formed for most devices via a tuple of 
> the {PCI Vendor ID, PCI Device ID, Adapter Serial Number, Port Number, [and if 
> applicable] Adapter Function ID}.  Of course this could be a fairly long string 
> ... :-)

If a unique key were available, it could be used to generate a persistent
MAC address.

And this sort of means that these drivers could use bits of the
device's geographic ID the construct persistent MAC addresses, but
only if done in a MAC namespace that could be guarenteed unique on the
local system.

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