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Date:	Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:42:04 -0400
From:	Jamal Hadi Salim <jhs@...atatu.com>
To:	Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@...il.com>,
	Jiri Pirko <jiri@...nulli.us>
CC:	netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
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	Neil Jerram <Neil.Jerram@...aswitch.com>, ronye@...lanox.com
Subject: Re: [patch net-next RFC 03/12] net: introduce generic switch devices
 support

On 08/21/14 13:05, Florian Fainelli wrote:
> 2014-08-21 9:18 GMT-07:00 Jiri Pirko <jiri@...nulli.us>:
>> The goal of this is to provide a possibility to suport various switch
>> chips. Drivers should implement relevant ndos to do so. Now there is a
>> couple of ndos defines:
>> - for getting physical switch id is in place.
>> - for work with flows.
>>
>> Note that user can use random port netdevice to access the switch.
>
> I read through this patch set, and I still think that DSA is the
> generic switch infrastructure we already have because it does provide
> the following:
>
> - taking a generic platform data structure (C struct or Device Tree),
> validate, parse it and map it to internal kernel structures
> - instantiate per-port network devices based on the configuration data provided
> - delegate netdev_ops to the switch driver and/or the CPU NIC when relevant
> - provide support for hooking RX and TX traffic coming from the CPU NIC
>
> I would rather we build on the existing DSA infrastructure and add the
> flow-related netdev_ops rather than having the two remain in
> disconnect while flow-oriented switches driver get progressively
> added. I guess I should take a closer look at the rocker driver to see
> how hard would that be for you.
>
> What do you think?


I thought we had concluded that DSA was a good path forward?  Or maybe 
at this stage we need to have several alternative approaches
and we eventually converge?

cheers,
jamal


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