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Date:   Sun, 20 Sep 2020 10:47:02 +0200
From:   Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org>
To:     Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@...pe.ca>
Cc:     Oded Gabbay <oded.gabbay@...il.com>,
        Leon Romanovsky <leon@...nel.org>,
        Gal Pressman <galpress@...zon.com>,
        Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>,
        "Linux-Kernel@...r. Kernel. Org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        netdev@...r.kernel.org, SW_Drivers <SW_Drivers@...ana.ai>,
        "David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        Andrew Lunn <andrew@...n.ch>,
        Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@...il.com>,
        linux-rdma@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 00/14] Adding GAUDI NIC code to habanalabs driver

On Sat, Sep 19, 2020 at 04:22:35PM -0300, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 19, 2020 at 07:27:30PM +0200, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > > It's probably heresy, but why do I need to integrate into the RDMA subsystem ?
> > > I understand your reasoning about networking (Ethernet) as the driver
> > > connects to the kernel networking stack (netdev), but with RDMA the
> > > driver doesn't use or connect to anything in that stack. If I were to
> > > support IBverbs and declare that I support it, then of course I would
> > > need to integrate to the RDMA subsystem and add my backend to
> > > rdma-core.
> > 
> > IBverbs are horrid and I would not wish them on anyone.  Seriously.
> 
> I'm curious what drives this opinion? Did you have it since you
> reviewed the initial submission all those years ago?

As I learned more about that interface, yes, I like it less and less :)

But that's the userspace api you all are stuck with, for various
reasons, my opinion doesn't matter here.

> > I think the general rdma apis are the key here, not the userspace api.
> 
> Are you proposing that habana should have uAPI in drivers/misc and
> present a standard rdma-core userspace for it? This is the only
> userspace programming interface for RoCE HW. I think that would be
> much more work.
> 
> If not, what open source userspace are you going to ask them to
> present to merge the kernel side into misc?

I don't think that they have a userspace api to their rdma feature from
what I understand, but I could be totally wrong as I do not know their
hardware at all, so I'll let them answer this question.

> > Note, I do not know exactly what they are, but no, IBverbs are not ok.
> 
> Should we stop merging new drivers and abandon the RDMA subsystem? Is
> there something you'd like to see fixed?
> 
> Don't really understand your position, sorry.

For anything that _has_ to have a userspace RMDA interface, sure ibverbs
are the one we are stuck with, but I didn't think that was the issue
here at all, which is why I wrote the above comments.

thanks,

greg k-h

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