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Date:	Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:43:53 -0400
From:	Sebastian.Poehn@...den.com
To:	joe@...ches.com
Cc:	"netdev" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] gianfar v5: implement nfc

Thanks for your feedback Joe!

> I'm a bit confused by this:

/*
 * What we already have:
 * A temporary copy of the filer table which will later replace the current one.
 * In the filer table we always have one mask entry followed by a value (of action).
 * Further we have the mask table which is a list of all mask in the filer table.
 * To every entry we have the start and the end of the validity and a block index
 * (same block indexes means dependency). We want to sort every dependent block!
 */
static void gfar_sort_mask_table(struct gfar_mask_entry *mask_table,
        struct filer_table *temp_table, u32 and_index)
{
    /* Pointer to compare function (_asc or _desc) */
    int (*gfar_comp)(const void *, const void *);

    u32 i, size = 0, start = 0, prev = 1;
    u32 old_first, old_last, new_first, new_last;

    gfar_comp = &gfar_comp_desc;

    for (i = 0; i < and_index; i++) {
        /* As long, as the block is the same (dependency) we only increase
         * the size */
        if (prev != mask_table[i].block) {
            /* The +1 is because  start is a mask and the important
             * FF80 information is located in the next value element */
            old_first = mask_table[start].start + 1;
            /* -1 because we are already at the start of the next dependent block */
            old_last = mask_table[i - 1].end;
            
            /* Here the mask table is sorted! So the entries in the current
             * block change may change their location */
            sort(mask_table + start, size,
                    sizeof(struct gfar_mask_entry),
                    gfar_comp, &gfar_swap);

            /* Toggle order for every block. This makes the
             * thing more efficient! */
            if (gfar_comp == gfar_comp_desc)
                gfar_comp = &gfar_comp_asc;
            else
                gfar_comp = &gfar_comp_desc;
            /* The same as above but the elements are others because of the sorting */
            
            new_first = mask_table[start].start + 1;
            new_last = mask_table[i - 1].end;

            gfar_swap_bits(&temp_table->fe[new_first],
                    &temp_table->fe[old_first],
                    &temp_table->fe[new_last],
                    &temp_table->fe[old_last],
                    RQFCR_QUEUE | RQFCR_CLE |
                        RQFCR_RJE | RQFCR_AND
                    );

            start = i;
            size = 0;
        }
        size++;
        prev = mask_table[i].block;
    }

}

> Doesn't this just swap the same bits around twice?

Due to the masks are sorted numerically it is possible that a mask from any location changes its locations to ANY. Lets think of this example and the usage of the sequential swapping:

A has a header     <- old_first               new position after sorting: 2
B                  <- new_last                new position after sorting: 4
C                                             new position after sorting: 3
D has a trailer    <- old_last and new_first  new position after sorting: 1

First swap first:
A has a trailer
B
C
D has a header

Second swap:
A has a trailer
B has a header
C
D

And now after the sorted order is applied:
D
A has a trailer
C
B has a header

Thats not correct!

The concurrent swapper does:
A
B has a trailer
C
D has a header

And:
D has a header
A
C
B has a trailer

That's all right!








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