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Date:   Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:53:15 -0700
From:   "Samudrala, Sridhar" <sridhar.samudrala@...el.com>
To:     Parav Pandit <parav@...dia.com>, David Ahern <dsahern@...il.com>,
        "davem@...emloft.net" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        "kuba@...nel.org" <kuba@...nel.org>,
        "netdev@...r.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>
Cc:     Jiri Pirko <jiri@...dia.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v2 8/8] netdevsim: Add support for add and delete
 PCI SF port



On 9/17/2020 9:41 PM, Parav Pandit wrote:
> Hi David,
> 
>> From: David Ahern <dsahern@...il.com>
>> Sent: Friday, September 18, 2020 9:08 AM
>>
>> On 9/17/20 9:29 PM, Parav Pandit wrote:
>>>>> Examples:
>>>>>
>>>>> Create a PCI PF and PCI SF port.
>>>>> $ devlink port add netdevsim/netdevsim10/10 flavour pcipf pfnum 0 $
>>>>> devlink port add netdevsim/netdevsim10/11 flavour pcisf pfnum 0
>>>>> sfnum
>>>>> 44 $ devlink port show netdevsim/netdevsim10/11
>>>>> netdevsim/netdevsim10/11: type eth netdev eni10npf0sf44 flavour
>>>>> pcisf
>>>> controller 0 pfnum 0 sfnum 44 external true splittable false
>>>>>    function:
>>>>>      hw_addr 00:00:00:00:00:00 state inactive
>>>>>
>>>>> $ devlink port function set netdevsim/netdevsim10/11 hw_addr
>>>>> 00:11:22:33:44:55 state active
>>>>>
>>>>> $ devlink port show netdevsim/netdevsim10/11 -jp {
>>>>>      "port": {
>>>>>          "netdevsim/netdevsim10/11": {
>>>>>              "type": "eth",
>>>>>              "netdev": "eni10npf0sf44",
>>>>
>>>> I could be missing something, but it does not seem like this patch
>>>> creates the netdevice for the subfunction.
>>>>
>>> The sf port created here is the eswitch port with a valid switch id similar to PF
>> and physical port.
>>> So the netdev created is the representor netdevice.
>>> It is created uniformly for subfunction and pf port flavours.
>>
>> To be clear: If I run the devlink commands to create a sub-function, `ip link
>> show` should list a net_device that corresponds to the sub-function?
> 
> In this series only representor netdevice corresponds to sub-function will be visible in ip link show, i.e. eni10npf0sf44.

This should be OK if the eSwitch mode is changed to switchdev.
But i think it should be possible to create a subfunction even in legacy 
mode where representor netdev is not created.

> 
> Netdevsim is only simulating the eswitch side or control path at present for pf/vf/sf ports.
> So other end of this port (netdevice/rdma device/vdpa device) are not yet created.
> 
> Subfunction will be anchored on virtbus described in RFC [1], which is not yet in-kernel yet.
> Grep for "every SF a device is created on virtbus" to jump to this part of the long RFC.
> 
> [1] https://lore.kernel.org/netdev/20200519092258.GF4655@nanopsycho/
> 

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