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Date:   Mon, 11 Jul 2022 14:38:54 +0100
From:   Martin Habets <>
To:     Bjorn Helgaas <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v2 0/2] sfc: Add EF100 BAR config support

On Thu, Jul 07, 2022 at 10:55:00AM -0500, Bjorn Helgaas wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 07, 2022 at 02:07:07PM +0100, Martin Habets wrote:
> > The EF100 NICs allow for different register layouts of a PCI memory BAR.
> > This series provides the framework to switch this layout at runtime.
> > 
> > Subsequent patch series will use this to add support for vDPA.
> Normally drivers rely on the PCI Vendor and Device ID to learn the
> number of BARs and their layouts.  I guess this series implies that
> doesn't work on this device?  And the user needs to manually specify
> what kind of device this is?

When a new PCI device is added (like a VF) it always starts of with
the register layout for an EF100 network device. This is hardcoded,
i.e. it cannot be customised.
The layout can be changed after bootup, and only after the sfc driver has
bound to the device.
The PCI Vendor and Device ID do not change when the layout is changed.

For vDPA specifically we return the Xilinx PCI Vendor and our device ID
to the vDPA framework via struct vdpa_config_opts.

> I'm confused about how this is supposed to work.  What if the driver
> is built-in and claims a device before the user can specify the
> register layout?

The bar_config file will only exist once the sfc driver has bound to
the device. So in fact we count on that driver getting loaded.
When a new value is written to bar_config it is the sfc driver that
instructs the NIC to change the register layout.

> What if the user specifies the wrong layout and the
> driver writes to the wrong registers?

We have specific hardware and driver requirements for this sort of
situation. For example, the register layouts must have some common
registers (to ensure some compatibility).
A layout that is too different will require a separate device ID.
A driver that writes to the wrong register is a bug.

Maybe the name "bar_config" is causing most of the confusion here.
Internally we also talk about "function profiles" or "personalities",
but we thought such a name would be too vague.


> > ---
> > 
> > Martin Habets (2):
> >       sfc: Add EF100 BAR config support
> >       sfc: Implement change of BAR configuration
> > 
> > 
> >  drivers/net/ethernet/sfc/ef100_nic.c |   80 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> >  drivers/net/ethernet/sfc/ef100_nic.h |    6 +++
> >  2 files changed, 86 insertions(+)
> > 
> > --
> > Martin Habets <>

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