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Date:   Tue, 10 Dec 2019 19:20:38 -0800
From:   Shannon Nelson <>
To:     Parav Pandit <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 2/2] ionic: support sr-iov operations

On 12/10/19 5:39 PM, Parav Pandit wrote:
> On 12/10/2019 4:54 PM, Shannon Nelson wrote:
>> Add the netdev ops for managing VFs.  Since most of the
>> management work happens in the NIC firmware, the driver becomes
>> mostly a pass-through for the network stack commands that want
>> to control and configure the VFs.
>> We also tweak ionic_station_set() a little to allow for
>> the VFs that start off with a zero'd mac address.
>> Signed-off-by: Shannon Nelson <>
>> ---
>> +/* VF commands */
>> +int ionic_set_vf_config(struct ionic *ionic, int vf, u8 attr, u8 *data)
>> +{
> I forgot to mention in my previous review comment that set_vf_config()
> and other VF config friend callback functions can race with
> ionic_sriov_configure().
> Former is called from netlink context, later is called from sysfs.
> Its not too hard to crash the system both racing with each other.
> Hence protect them using rwsem, where set_vf_() and sriov_configure()
> does down/up_write() and get_vf_config() and get_vf_stat() does
> down_up/read().

Ah, good catch.  That seems to be relatively a new thing and with a 
quick look around it seems not many drivers deal with that yet. Thanks 
for pointing it out.


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