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Date:	Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:08:03 -0800
From:	Roopa Prabhu <roopa@...ulusnetworks.com>
To:	Jamal Hadi Salim <jhs@...atatu.com>
CC:	John Fastabend <john.fastabend@...il.com>,
	Hubert Sokolowski <h.sokolowski@....edu.pl>,
	"netdev@...r.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
	Vlad Yasevich <vyasevic@...hat.com>,
	Shrijeet Mukherjee <shm@...ulusnetworks.com>
Subject: Re: SRIOV as bridge Re: [PATCH net-next RESEND] net: Do not call
 ndo_dflt_fdb_dump if ndo_fdb_dump is defined.

On 12/21/14, 6:27 AM, Jamal Hadi Salim wrote:
>
> Sorry for the latency, Ive been down with a bad flu (its bad when i cant
> type on my keyboard sitting infront of me;->),  recovering and the
> thread seems to have caught on - should be able to catchup in the
> next few days.
> I am beginning to reach a conclusion that the current switchdev approach
> is *not* going to work for SRIOV. I also worry it may be too late
> to change that.
> Shrijeet wanted to set up a BOF for netdev to have hopefully final 
> consensus. Shrijeet, are you going to make an official request for the 
> BOF?
>
> Sorry John, I dont have enough energy to address all your points but i
> will try to just focus on SRIOV and will save a few bytes while at it.
>
>
> On 12/16/14 11:35, John Fastabend wrote:
>
>> But in the SR-IOV case you have multiple "Cpu ports" and you want
>> to send packets to each of them depending on the configuration.
>>
>>
>>     port0   port1     port2  port3
>>      |        |        |      |      uplinks
>>   +------------------------------+
>>   |                              |
>>   |       SRIOV edge relay       |
>>   |                              |
>>   +------------------------------+
>>                   |                   downlink
>>
>>
>
> Two points above:
> 1) Did you flip uplink vs down link above?
> (I Thought URP was the wire link)
> 2) What you are not showing above which is *very important* is that
> infact there is an underlying embedded fdb.
>
> point #2 brings out a lot of the weird things in some of the bridge
> code. IOW, you have an *offloaded* bridge with _bridge ports_
> visible in the kernel but not the bridge that is controlled
> by standard Linux bridge tools. I am not saying that the model is
> wrong; on the contrary what Ben had exposed may fall under the
> same category i.e you have E_BRIDGE flag on the netdev to say it sits
> on top of an offloaded bridge and you dont need a br0 to run
> bridge command on. But then we need some proxy (TheClassThingy) to act
> as intemediary to the offloaded hardware.
> If you do that then the vf becomes simply a bridge port - which
> means bridge port ops apply.
>
> SRIOV it seems to have morphed its own toolkit.
> The PF port, when acting as the control interface, is actually
> TheClassThingy we discuss on/off.
> To add an fdb entry to point to vf 1, where TheClassThingy is eth1:
> ip link set eth1 vf 1 mac aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff vlan 10
>
> IMO, SRIOV should expose these ports with names and ifindices
> (probably does already) and pre-populated master or something
> which points to its parent, then i can do the following:
> bridge fdb add aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff vlan 10 dev vf1 master
I had a slightly different understanding of how this would work for 
SRIOV. So, am attempting to respond to your questions for John..., ...so 
that he can correct my understanding too ..if needed :).

I think SRIOV VF's do have netdevs (John can confirm, I maybe wrong). To 
me if SRIOV has a single fdb for all VF's under a PF,
and it wants to bypass the bridge driver, there is still no reason to 
refer to the PF as a master.
You can use self and go to the vf driver directly and it will do the 
right thing.

bridge fdb add aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff vlan 10 dev vf1 self

>
> master in such a case will go to TheClassThingy which would pass
> such control to the underlying hardware.
> The PF still stays but not as the management interface.

Even if 'TheClassThingy' where there, you wouldn't refer to it as the 
master (ie the PF will not have a netdev master/slave relationship with 
the VF). 'master' will still be used for the netdev 'upper'  device if 
VF was enslaved to one (which could be a bridge).


Thanks,
Roopa


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