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Date:	Wed, 7 Oct 2015 19:51:34 +0200
From:	Jiri Pirko <>
To:	Scott Feldman <>
Cc:	John Fastabend <>,
	Netdev <>,
	"David S. Miller" <>,
	Ido Schimmel <>,,
	Thomas Graf <>,
	Alexei Starovoitov <>,
	David Laight <>
Subject: Re: [patch net-next v3 06/14] rocker: introduce worlds infrastructure

Wed, Oct 07, 2015 at 07:32:45PM CEST, wrote:
>On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 11:14 PM, Jiri Pirko <> wrote:
>> Wed, Oct 07, 2015 at 03:50:08AM CEST, wrote:
>> <snip>
>>>> Also I wonder how this works when a pkt ingresses a port in mode A and
>>>> egresses a port in mode B? What fib/fdb tables does it cross when this
>>>> happens? It seems easier to just have two switch devices not a
>>>> hybrid. If this per port implementation maps to some hardware that
>>>> would be really interesting though.
>>>In retrospect, I regret adding the port mode feature to rocker.  I
>>>like the world idea, so we can have a device with different
>>>pipeline/resources, but we should have locked all ports on a switch to
>>>one mode, or even as you hinted at earlier, use a unique sub-device ID
>>>for a switch with all ports in a particular mode.  If you want to
>>>ports with different worlds, just instantiate a switch in each world.
>>>Instantiating new devices is easy.
>>>But, now Jiri has locked on to the dynamic port mode idea with pit
>>>bull zeal, to the point of being able to switch a port mode at any
>>>time from one mode to another from the host.  I just don't see that as
>>>a real-world use-case.  Life is too short and we need to be focusing
>>>on switchdev features, not refactoring or adding cool but useless
>> Can can still change this if you want. We can make
>> ROCKER_TLV_CMD_PORT_SETTINGS_MODE read-only in hw (As it is in fact now
>> as we have only one world).
>> Then we add another property:
>> static Property rocker_properties[] = {
>>             DEFINE_PROP_STRING("name", Rocker, name),
>>             DEFINE_PROP_STRING("world", Rocker, world),
>>                 ....
>> and we use this value in pci_rocker_init instead of r->world_dflt
>> Looks straightforward.
>Yes, perfect, I totally on-board with that change.  This puts all
>ports on the device in the same mode.  I you want ports in a different
>mode, instantiate another switch.
>Mixing port modes on a switch, either statically or dynamically, would
>have created another problem.  Switchdev uses the switch_id for each
>port to know when ports belong to the same switch, same switching
>domain, if you will.  Mixing port modes within a switch breaks this.
>For example, the check we added to avoid double forwarding of pkts by
>the bridge and the device depends on ports on the switch having the
>same switch_id.

Ok. Will fix this in qemu as well.
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