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From: Alex Williamson <alex.williamson@redhat.com>
To: Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@ziepe.ca>
Cc: Jakub Kicinski <jakub.kicinski@netronome.com>,
	Parav Pandit <parav@mellanox.com>, Jiri Pirko <jiri@resnulli.us>,
	David M <david.m.ertman@intel.com>,
	"gregkh@linuxfoundation.org" <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>,
	"davem@davemloft.net" <davem@davemloft.net>,
	"kvm@vger.kernel.org" <kvm@vger.kernel.org>,
	"netdev@vger.kernel.org" <netdev@vger.kernel.org>,
	Saeed Mahameed <saeedm@mellanox.com>,
	"kwankhede@nvidia.com" <kwankhede@nvidia.com>,
	"leon@kernel.org" <leon@kernel.org>,
	"cohuck@redhat.com" <cohuck@redhat.com>,
	Jiri Pirko <jiri@mellanox.com>,
	"linux-rdma@vger.kernel.org" <linux-rdma@vger.kernel.org>,
	Or Gerlitz <gerlitz.or@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 00/19] Mellanox, mlx5 sub function support
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2019 13:34:35 -0700
Message-ID: <20191108133435.6dcc80bd@x1.home> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20191108201253.GE10956@ziepe.ca>

On Fri, 8 Nov 2019 16:12:53 -0400
Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@ziepe.ca> wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 08, 2019 at 11:12:38AM -0800, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
> > On Fri, 8 Nov 2019 15:40:22 +0000, Parav Pandit wrote:  
> > > > The new intel driver has been having a very similar discussion about how to
> > > > model their 'multi function device' ie to bind RDMA and other drivers to a
> > > > shared PCI function, and I think that discussion settled on adding a new bus?
> > > > 
> > > > Really these things are all very similar, it would be nice to have a clear
> > > > methodology on how to use the device core if a single PCI device is split by
> > > > software into multiple different functional units and attached to different
> > > > driver instances.
> > > > 
> > > > Currently there is alot of hacking in this area.. And a consistent scheme
> > > > might resolve the ugliness with the dma_ops wrappers.
> > > > 
> > > > We already have the 'mfd' stuff to support splitting platform devices, maybe
> > > > we need to create a 'pci-mfd' to support splitting PCI devices?
> > > > 
> > > > I'm not really clear how mfd and mdev relate, I always thought mdev was
> > > > strongly linked to vfio.
> > > >  
> > >
> > > Mdev at beginning was strongly linked to vfio, but as I mentioned
> > > above it is addressing more use case.
> > > 
> > > I observed that discussion, but was not sure of extending mdev further.
> > > 
> > > One way to do for Intel drivers to do is after series [9].
> > > Where PCI driver says, MDEV_CLASS_ID_I40_FOO
> > > RDMA driver mdev_register_driver(), matches on it and does the probe().  
> > 
> > Yup, FWIW to me the benefit of reusing mdevs for the Intel case vs
> > muddying the purpose of mdevs is not a clear trade off.  
> 
> IMHO, mdev has amdev_parent_ops structure clearly intended to link it
> to vfio, so using a mdev for something not related to vfio seems like
> a poor choice.

Unless there's some opposition, I'm intended to queue this for v5.5:

https://www.spinics.net/lists/kvm/msg199613.html

mdev has started out as tied to vfio, but at it's core, it's just a
device life cycle infrastructure with callbacks between bus drivers
and vendor devices.  If virtio is on the wrong path with the above
series, please speak up.  Thanks,

Alex

 
> I suppose this series is the start and we will eventually see the
> mlx5's mdev_parent_ops filled in to support vfio - but *right now*
> this looks identical to the problem most of the RDMA capable net
> drivers have splitting into a 'core' and a 'function'
> 
> > IMHO MFD should be of more natural use for Intel, since it's about
> > providing different functionality rather than virtual slices of the
> > same device.  
> 
> I don't think the 'different functionality' should matter much. 
> 
> Generally these multi-function drivers are build some some common
> 'core' language like queues interrupts, BAR space, etc and then these
> common things can be specialized into netdev, rdma, scsi, etc. So we
> see a general rough design with a core layer managing the raw HW then
> drivers on top of that (including netdev) using that API.
> 
> The actual layering doesn't come through in the driver model,
> generally people put all the core stuff in with the netdev and then
> try and shuffle the netdev around as the 'handle' for that core API.
> 
> These SFs are pretty similar in that the core physical driver
> continues to provide some software API support to the SF children (at
> least for mlx it is a small API)
> 
> For instance mdev has no generic way to learn the BAR struct
> resources, so there is some extra API around the side that does this -
> in this series it is done by hackily co-opting the drvdata to
> something owned by the struct device instead of the device_driver and
> using that to access the API surface on 'struct mlx5_sf *', which
> includes the BAR info and so forth.
> 
> This is probably the main difference from MFD. At least the few
> drivers I looked at, did not try and expose an SW API from the 'core'
> to the 'part', everything was usual generic driver resource stuff.
> 
> Jason


  parent reply index

Thread overview: 132+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-11-07 16:04 Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08 ` [PATCH net-next 01/19] net/mlx5: E-switch, Move devlink port close to eswitch port Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 02/19] net/mlx5: E-Switch, Add SF vport, vport-rep support Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 03/19] net/mlx5: Introduce SF table framework Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 04/19] net/mlx5: Introduce SF life cycle APIs to allocate/free Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 05/19] net/mlx5: E-Switch, Enable/disable SF's vport during SF life cycle Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 06/19] net/mlx5: Add support for mediated devices in switchdev mode Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 10:32     ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 16:03       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 16:22         ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 16:29           ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 18:01             ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 18:04             ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 18:21               ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 07/19] vfio/mdev: Introduce sha1 based mdev alias Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 11:04     ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 15:59       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 16:28         ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 11:10     ` Cornelia Huck
2019-11-08 16:03       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 08/19] vfio/mdev: Make mdev alias unique among all mdevs Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 10:49     ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 15:13       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 09/19] vfio/mdev: Expose mdev alias in sysfs tree Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 13:22     ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 18:03       ` Alex Williamson
2019-11-08 18:16         ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 10/19] vfio/mdev: Introduce an API mdev_alias Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 11/19] vfio/mdev: Improvise mdev life cycle and parent removal scheme Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 13:01     ` Cornelia Huck
2019-11-08 16:12       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 12/19] devlink: Introduce mdev port flavour Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 20:38     ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-07 21:03       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08  1:17         ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-08  1:44           ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08  2:20             ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-08  2:31               ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08  9:46                 ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 15:45                   ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 16:31                     ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 16:43                       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 18:11                         ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 18:23                           ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 18:34                             ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 18:56                               ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08  9:30               ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 15:41                 ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 13/19] net/mlx5: Register SF devlink port Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 14/19] net/mlx5: Share irqs between SFs and parent PCI device Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 15/19] net/mlx5: Add load/unload routines for SF driver binding Parav Pandit
2019-11-08  9:48     ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 11:13       ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 16/19] net/mlx5: Implement dma ops and params for mediated device Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 20:42     ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-07 21:30       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08  1:16         ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-08  6:37     ` Christoph Hellwig
2019-11-08 15:29       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 17/19] net/mlx5: Add mdev driver to bind to mdev devices Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 18/19] Documentation: net: mlx5: Add mdev usage documentation Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 16:08   ` [PATCH net-next 19/19] mtty: Optionally support mtty alias Parav Pandit
2019-11-08  6:26     ` Leon Romanovsky
2019-11-08 10:45     ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 15:08       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 15:15         ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 13:46     ` Cornelia Huck
2019-11-08 15:10       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 15:28         ` Cornelia Huck
2019-11-08 15:30           ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 17:54             ` Alex Williamson
2019-11-08  9:51   ` [PATCH net-next 01/19] net/mlx5: E-switch, Move devlink port close to eswitch port Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 15:50     ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 17:03 ` [PATCH net-next 00/19] Mellanox, mlx5 sub function support Leon Romanovsky
2019-11-07 20:10   ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08  6:20     ` Leon Romanovsky
2019-11-08 15:01       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-07 20:32 ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-07 20:52   ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08  1:16     ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-08  1:49       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08  2:12         ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-08 12:12   ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 14:40     ` Jason Gunthorpe
2019-11-08 15:40       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 19:12         ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-08 20:12           ` Jason Gunthorpe
2019-11-08 20:20             ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 20:32               ` Jason Gunthorpe
2019-11-08 20:52                 ` gregkh
2019-11-08 20:34             ` Alex Williamson [this message]
2019-11-08 21:05               ` Jason Gunthorpe
2019-11-08 21:19                 ` gregkh
2019-11-08 21:52                 ` Alex Williamson
2019-11-08 22:48                   ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-09  0:57                     ` Jason Gunthorpe
2019-11-09 17:41                       ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-10 19:04                         ` Jason Gunthorpe
2019-11-10 19:48                       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-11 14:17                         ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-11 14:58                           ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-11 15:06                             ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-19  4:51                               ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-09  0:12                   ` Jason Gunthorpe
2019-11-09  0:45                     ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-11  2:19                 ` Jason Wang
2019-11-08 21:45             ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-09  0:44               ` Jason Gunthorpe
2019-11-09  8:46                 ` gregkh
2019-11-09 11:18                   ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-09 17:28                     ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-10  9:16                     ` gregkh
2019-11-09 17:27                 ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-10  9:18                   ` gregkh
2019-11-11  3:46                     ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-11  5:18                       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-11 13:30                       ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-11 14:14                         ` gregkh
2019-11-11 14:37                           ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-10 19:37                   ` Jason Gunthorpe
2019-11-11  3:57                     ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-08 16:06     ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 19:06     ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-08 19:34       ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 19:48         ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-08 19:41       ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 20:40         ` Parav Pandit
2019-11-08 21:21         ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-08 21:39           ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-08 21:51             ` Jakub Kicinski
2019-11-08 22:21               ` Jiri Pirko
2019-11-07 23:57 ` David Miller

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