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Date:   Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:57:34 +0000
From:   Yuval Avnery <yuvalav@...lanox.com>
To:     Jakub Kicinski <jakub.kicinski@...ronome.com>
CC:     Jiri Pirko <jiri@...lanox.com>,
        "davem@...emloft.net" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        "netdev@...r.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        "linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: RE: [PATCH net-next] netdevsim: Add max_vfs to bus_dev



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jakub Kicinski <jakub.kicinski@...ronome.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:16 AM
> To: Yuval Avnery <yuvalav@...lanox.com>
> Cc: Jiri Pirko <jiri@...lanox.com>; davem@...emloft.net;
> netdev@...r.kernel.org; linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
> Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next] netdevsim: Add max_vfs to bus_dev
> 
> On Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:19:56 +0000, Yuval Avnery wrote:
> > > On Wed, 11 Dec 2019 04:58:53 +0200, Yuval Avnery wrote:
> > > > Currently there is no limit to the number of VFs netdevsim can enable.
> > > > In a real systems this value exist and used by driver.
> > > > Fore example, Some features might need to consider this value when
> > > > allocating memory.
> > >
> > > Thanks for the patch!
> > >
> > > Can you shed a little bit more light on where it pops up? Just for my
> curiosity?
> >
> > Yes, like we described in the subdev threads.
> > User should be able to configure some attributes before the VF was
> enabled.
> > So all those (persistent) VF attributes should be available for query
> > and configuration before VF was enabled.
> > The driver can allocate an array according to max_vfs to hold all that
> > data, like we do here in" vfconfigs".
> 
> I was after more practical reasoning, are you writing some tests for subdev
> stuff that will depend on this change? :)

Yes we are writing tests for subdev with this.
This is the way mlx5 works.. is that practical enough?

> 
> > > > Signed-off-by: Yuval Avnery <yuvalav@...lanox.com>
> > > > Acked-by: Jiri Pirko <jiri@...lanox.com>
> > > >
> > > > diff --git a/drivers/net/netdevsim/bus.c
> > > > b/drivers/net/netdevsim/bus.c index 6aeed0c600f8..f1a0171080cb
> > > > 100644
> > > > --- a/drivers/net/netdevsim/bus.c
> > > > +++ b/drivers/net/netdevsim/bus.c
> > > > @@ -26,9 +26,9 @@ static struct nsim_bus_dev
> > > > *to_nsim_bus_dev(struct device *dev)  static int
> > > > nsim_bus_dev_vfs_enable(struct nsim_bus_dev
> > > *nsim_bus_dev,
> > > >  				   unsigned int num_vfs)
> > > >  {
> > > > -	nsim_bus_dev->vfconfigs = kcalloc(num_vfs,
> > > > -					  sizeof(struct nsim_vf_config),
> > > > -					  GFP_KERNEL);
> > >
> > > You're changing the semantics of the enable/disable as well now.
> > > The old values used to be wiped when SR-IOV is disabled, now they
> > > will be retained across disable/enable pair.
> > >
> > > I think it'd be better if that wasn't the case. Users may expect a
> > > system to be in the same state after they enable SR-IOV, regardless
> > > if someone else used SR-IOV since last reboot.
> >
> > Right,
> > But some values should retain across enable/disable, for example MAC
> address which is persistent.
> > So maybe we need to retain some values, while resetting others on
> disable?
> > Would that work?
> 
> Mmm. That is a good question. For all practical purposes SR-IOV used to be
> local to the host that enables it until Smart/middle box NICs emerged.
> 
> Perhaps the best way forward would be to reset the config that was set via
> legacy APIs and keep only the MACs provisioned via persistent devlink API?
> 
> So for now we'd memset, and once devlink API lands reset selectively?

Legacy is also persistent.
Currently when you set mac address with "ip link vf set mac" it is persistent (at least in mlx5).
But ip link only exposes enabled VFS, so driver on VF has to reload to acquire this MAC.
With devlink subdev it will be possible to set the MAC before VF was enabled.

I think we need to distinguish here between:
- PF sets MAC to a VF - persistent.
- VF sets MAC to itself - not persistent.

But is the second case relevant in netdevsim?


> 
> > > Could you add a memset(,0,) here?
> > >
> > > > +	if (nsim_bus_dev->max_vfs < num_vfs)
> > > > +		return -ENOMEM;
> > > > +
> > > >  	if (!nsim_bus_dev->vfconfigs)
> > > >  		return -ENOMEM;
> > >
> > > This check seems useless now, no? We will always have vfconfigs

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