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SubjectRe: [PATCHv12 1/3] rdmacg: Added rdma cgroup controller
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On 10/09/2016 20:01, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 06:14:42PM +0200, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
>> OFVWG meetings have absolutely zero relevance for Linux development.
>
> Well, to be fair there are a fair number of kernel developers on that
> particular call..
>
>> More "flexibility" for drivers just means giving up on designing a
>> coherent API and leaving it to drivers authors to add crap to their
>> own drivers. That's a major step backwards.
>
> Sadly, it isn't a step backwards, it is status quo - at least as far
> as the uapi is concerned.
>
> Every single user space driver has its own private abi file, carefully
> hidden in their driver, and dutifully copied over to user space:
>
> providers/cxgb3/iwch-abi.h
> providers/cxgb4/cxgb4-abi.h
> providers/hfi1verbs/hfi-abi.h
> providers/i40iw/i40iw-abi.h
> providers/ipathverbs/ipath-abi.h
> providers/mlx4/mlx4-abi.h
> providers/mlx5/mlx5-abi.h
> providers/mthca/mthca-abi.h
> providers/nes/nes-abi.h
> providers/ocrdma/ocrdma_abi.h
> providers/rxe/rxe-abi.h
>
> Just to pick two random examples:
>
> struct mlx5_create_cq {
> struct ibv_create_cq ibv_cmd;
> __u64 buf_addr;
> __u64 db_addr;
> __u32 cqe_size;
> };
>
> struct iwch_create_cq {
> struct ibv_create_cq ibv_cmd;
> uint64_t user_rptr_addr;
> };
>
> Love to hear ideas on a way forward that doesn't involve rewriting
> everything :(
>

Yeah, unfortunately, the RDMA ABI is more driver specific ABI than a
common user-kernel ABI. I guess this will become even worse, as the RDMA
subsystem is evolving to serve more drivers with different object types.
For example, I would like to hear how hfi1 are going to define their
user-kernel ABI (once they leave the custom ioctls).

>> They should not be using the code in drivers/infiniband. usnic is such
>> an example of a driver that should never have been added in it's current
>> form.
>
> +1
>
> Jason
>

Matan

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