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SubjectRe: [PATCH net-next 10/13] net: mvpp2: reset the XPCS while reconfiguring the serdes lanes
Russell,

On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 10:43:02AM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux admin wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 11:26:30AM +0100, Antoine Tenart wrote:
> > On Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 05:12:24PM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux admin wrote:
> > > On Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 04:32:38PM +0100, Antoine Tenart wrote:
> > > > The documentation advises to set the XPCS in reset while reconfiguring
> > > > the serdes lanes. This seems to be a good thing to do, but the PPv2
> > > > driver wasn't doing it. This patch fixes it.
> > >
> > > Hmm. That statment seems to have some ambiguity in it - we do two
> > > "reconfigurations" - one may be upon initialisation, where the lane
> > > is already configured for 10Gbase-KR, and we're re-initialising it
> > > for the same mode. The other case is when we're switching between
> > > 10Gbase-KR and SGMII, or as will be the case with 2.5G support for
> > > the Alaska PHYs, 2500base-X.
> >
> > The configuration at the lane at boot time is dependent to the
> > firmware or bootloader configuration. On the mcbin, the lane may be
> > configured in 10Gbase-KR, but it could be configured in SGMII as well.
> > The configuration upon initialization and the re-configuration are quite
> > similar then, as we might change mode as well at boot time.
> >
> > You're right in that we might be re-configuring the lane for the same
> > exact mode at boot time, if it was already configured in the same mode.
> >
> > > Does this apply to reconfiguration of the serdes lane between
> > > 10Gbase-KR and slower modes?
> >
> > This applies only when configuring a line in a 10G mode,
> > mvpp22_gop_init_10gkr isn't called otherwise.
> >
> > When switching to an non-10G mode we might want to put the XPCS in reset
> > though, which is not done today with this patch.
>
> I'm merely pointing out the discrepency between the commit message and
> what is actually being done. I'm not particularly concerned about what
> happens at boot.
>
> We have four different transitions a port can go through, all of which
> reconfigure the serdes lanes:
>
> 1. 10gkr -> 10gkr
> 2. 10gkr -> non-10gkr
> 3. non-10gkr -> non-10gkr
> 4. non-10gkr -> 10gkr
>
> With this patch, XPCS is only placed into reset during the
> reconfiguration for cases 1 and 4. Case 3 doesn't matter (the XPCS
> should already be in reset right?) Case 2 isn't covered, and this
> leaves a rather big hole.
>
> It seems to me that if the documentation states that the XPCS needs to
> be placed in reset while the serdes is reconfigured, then what should
> be happening is:
>
> - at boot, place the XPCS into reset.
> - when we configure for 10gkr, release the reset once we've finished
> configuring the serdes.
> - when we configure away from 10gkr, place the XPCS back into reset
> before configuring the serdes.
>
> Merely placing the XPCS into reset while we configure the serdes for
> 10gkr doesn't seem to be "fixing" the driver to conform to your commit
> message opening statement.

That's right, we should put the XPCS in reset when booting and when
switching away from a 10G mode. I'll fix that in v2.

Antoine

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Antoine Ténart, Bootlin
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering
https://bootlin.com

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