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Date:	Sun, 26 Aug 2012 12:09:22 -0700
From:	John Fastabend <>
To:	Or Gerlitz <>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH] net: Add support for virtual machine device queues

On 8/26/2012 6:11 AM, Or Gerlitz wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 1:05 AM, John Fastabend
> <> wrote:
>> This adds support to allow virtual net devices to be created. These
>> devices can be managed independently of the physical function but
>> use the same physical link.
>> This is analogous to an offloaded macvlan device. The primary
>> advantage to VMDQ net devices over virtual functions is they can
>> be added and removed dynamically as needed.
> Hi John,
> When VMDQ devices are opened over a virtual function which is
> assigned to guest, the design should include a way to apply the
> following ndo_set_vf_yyy  calls to them
> int (*ndo_set_vf_mac)(struct net_device *dev, int vf, u8* mac);
> int (*ndo_set_vf_vlan)(struct net_device *dev, int vf, u16 vlan, u8 qos);
> int (*ndo_set_vf_tx_rate)(struct net_device *dev, int vf, int rate);
> int (*ndo_set_vf_spoofchk)(struct net_device *dev, int vf, bool setting);
> Someone here suggested using a sub-index notation, that is m.n
> represents vmdq device index = n on VF index = m where vf.0 is
> the non vmdq VF device, makes sense? other thoughts?
> Or.

That seems reasonable to me. Adding a 'sub' argument to the set
routines should do it. Also the 'get' routines would need to be
extended to report back these virtual net devices.

int (*ndo_set_vf_mac)(struct net_device *dev, int vf, int sub, u8* mac);
int (*ndo_set_vf_vlan)(struct net_device *dev,
		       int vf, int sub,
		       u16 vlan, u8 qos);
int (*ndo_set_vf_tx_rate)(struct net_device *dev,
			  int vf, int sub,
			  int rate);
int (*ndo_set_vf_spoofchk)(struct net_device *dev,
			   int vf, int sub,
			   bool setting);
int (*ndo_get_vf_config)(struct net_device *dev,
			 int vf, int sub,
			 struct fila_vf_info *ivf)

I would need to check if any of the ixgbe/igb supported hardware can
support virtual device queues on virtual functions like this but I
presume if your looking at this you have some hardware that can.

I was hoping to get back to this in September, of course if someone
beats me to it that would be great also.

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