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Date:   Mon, 21 Dec 2020 13:49:03 -0800
From:   Florian Fainelli <>
To:     Vladimir Oltean <>
        "David S. Miller" <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>,
        Murali Krishna Policharla <>,
        Vladimir Oltean <>,
        open list <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] net: systemport: set dev->max_mtu to

On 12/18/2020 1:17 PM, Florian Fainelli wrote:
>>>>>>> SYSTEMPORT Lite does not actually validate the frame length, so setting
>>>>>>> a maximum number to the buffer size we allocate could work, but I don't
>>>>>>> see a reason to differentiate the two types of MACs here.
>>>>>> And if the Lite doesn't validate the frame length, then shouldn't it
>>>>>> report a max_mtu equal to the max_mtu of the attached DSA switch, plus
>>>>>> the Broadcom tag length? Doesn't the b53 driver support jumbo frames?
>>>>> And how would I do that without create a horrible layering violation in
>>>>> either the systemport driver or DSA? Yes the b53 driver supports jumbo
>>>>> frames.
>>>> Sorry, I don't understand where is the layering violation (maybe it doesn't
>>>> help me either that I'm not familiar with Broadcom architectures).
>>>> Is the SYSTEMPORT Lite always used as a DSA master, or could it also be
>>>> used standalone? What would be the issue with hardcoding a max_mtu value
>>>> which is large enough for b53 to use jumbo frames?
>>> SYSTEMPORT Lite is always used as a DSA master AFAICT given its GMII
>>> Integration Block (GIB) was specifically designed with another MAC and
>>> particularly that of a switch on the other side.
>>> The layering violation I am concerned with is that we do not know ahead
>>> of time which b53 switch we are going to be interfaced with, and they
>>> have various limitations on the sizes they support. Right now b53 only
>>> concerns itself with returning JMS_MAX_SIZE, but I am fairly positive
>>> this needs fixing given the existing switches supported by the driver.
>> Maybe we don't need to over-engineer this. As long as you report a large
>> enough max_mtu in the SYSTEMPORT Lite driver to accomodate for all
>> possible revisions of embedded switches, and the max_mtu of the switch
>> itself is still accurate and representative of the switch revision limits,
>> I think that's good enough.
> I suppose that is fair, v2 coming, thanks!

I was going to issue a v2 for this patch, but given that we don't
allocate buffers larger than 2KiB and there is really no need to
implement ndo_change_mtu(), is there really a point not to use
UMAC_MAX_MTU_SIZE for both variants of the SYSTEMPORT MAC?

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