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Date:   Sun, 10 May 2020 19:56:44 -0700
From:   Jakub Kicinski <>
To:     Vladimir Oltean <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 resend net-next 0/4] Cross-chip bridging for disjoint
 DSA trees

On Sun, 10 May 2020 19:37:39 +0300 Vladimir Oltean wrote:
> From: Vladimir Oltean <>
> This series adds support for boards where DSA switches of multiple types
> are cascaded together. Actually this type of setup was brought up before
> on netdev, and it looks like utilizing disjoint trees is the way to go:
> The trouble with disjoint trees (prior to this patch series) is that only
> bridging of ports within the same hardware switch can be offloaded.
> After scratching my head for a while, it looks like the easiest way to
> support hardware bridging between different DSA trees is to bridge their
> DSA masters and extend the crosschip bridging operations.
> I have given some thought to bridging the DSA masters with the slaves
> themselves, but given the hardware topology described in the commit
> message of patch 4/4, virtually any number (and combination) of bridges
> (forwarding domains) can be created on top of those 3x4-port front-panel
> switches. So it becomes a lot less obvious, when the front-panel ports
> are enslaved to more than 1 bridge, which bridge should the DSA masters
> be enslaved to.
> So the least awkward approach was to just create a completely separate
> bridge for the DSA masters, whose entire purpose is to permit hardware
> forwarding between the discrete switches beneath it.
> This is a direct resend of v3, which was deferred due to lack of review.
> In the meantime Florian has reviewed and tested some of them.
> v1 was submitted here:
> v2 was submitted here:
> v3 was submitted here:

Applied, thanks everyone!

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