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Date:   Fri, 26 Jun 2020 23:13:42 +0100
From:   Adrian Pop <>
To:     Andrew Lunn <>
Cc:     Ido Schimmel <>,,,,,,,
        Ido Schimmel <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 1/2] mlxsw: core: Add ethtool support for QSFP-DD transceivers

> You are saying pages 00h, 01h and 02h are mandatory for QSPF-DD.  Page
> 03h is optional, but when present, it seems to contain what is page
> 02h above. Since the QSPF KAPI has it, QSPF-DD KAPI should also have
> it. So i would suggest that pages 10h and 11h come after that.
> If a driver wants to pass a subset, it can, but it must always trim
> from the right, it cannot remove pages from the middle.
>      Andrew

I agree with this. Basically there are two big cases:
- passive copper transceivers with flat memory => just 00h will be
present (both lower and higher => 256 bytes)
- optical transceivers with paged memory => 00h, 01h, 02h, 10h, 11h => 768 bytes
Having page 03h after 02h (so 896 bytes in total) seems like a good
idea and the updates I'll have to do to my old patch are minor
(updating the offset value of page 10h and 11h). When I tested my
patch, I did it with both passive copper transceivers and optical
transceivers and there weren't any issues.

In this patch, Ido added a comment in the code stating "Upper pages
10h and 11h are currently not supported by the driver.". This won't
actually be a problem! In CMIS Rev. 4, Table 8-12 Byte 85 (55h), we
learn that if the value of that byte is 01h or 02h, we have a SMF or
MMF interface (both optical). In the qsfp_dd_show_sig_optical_pwr
function (in my patch) there is this bit:

+ __u8 module_type = id[QSFP_DD_MODULE_TYPE_OFFSET];
+ /**
+ * The thresholds and the high/low alarms/warnings are available
+ * only if an optical interface (MMF/SMF) is present (if this is
+ * the case, it means that 5 pages are available).
+ */
+ if (module_type != QSFP_DD_MT_MMF &&
+    module_type != QSFP_DD_MT_SMF &&
+    eeprom_len != QSFP_DD_EEPROM_5PAG)
+ return;

But Ido sets the eeprom_len to be ETH_MODULE_SFF_8472_LEN which is
512, while QSFP_DD_EEPROM_5PAG is defined as 80h * 6 = 768. So there
won't be any issues of accessing non-existent values, since I return
from the function that deals with the pages 10h and 11h early. When
the driver will support them too everything will just work so your
idea of a driver being able to pass only a subset of pages (being
allowed to trim only from the right) holds.


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