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Subject[PATCH v3 0/8] nic: thunderx: fix communication races between VF & PF
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The ThunderX CN88XX NIC Virtual Function driver uses mailbox interface
to communicate to physical function driver. Each of VF has it's own pair
of mailbox registers to read from and write to. The mailbox registers
has no protection from possible races, so it has to be implemented
at software side.

After long term testing by loop of 'ip link set <ifname> up/down'
command it was found that there are two possible scenarios when
race condition appears:
1. VF receives link change message from PF and VF send RX mode
configuration message to PF in the same time from separate thread.
2. PF receives RX mode configuration from VF and in the same time,
in separate thread PF detects link status change and sends appropriate
message to particular VF.

Both cases leads to mailbox data to be rewritten, NIC VF messaging control
data to be updated incorrectly and communication sequence gets broken.

This patch series is to address race condition with VF & PF communication.

Changes:
v1 -> v2
- 0000: correct typo in cover letter subject: 'betwen' -> 'between';
- move link state polling request task from pf to vf
instead of cheking status of mailbox irq;
v2 -> v3
- 0003: change return type of nicvf_send_cfg_done() function
from int to void;
- 0007: update subject and remove unused variable 'netdev'
from nicvf_link_status_check_task() function;

Vadim Lomovtsev (8):
net: thunderx: correct typo in macro name
net: thunderx: replace global nicvf_rx_mode_wq work queue for all VFs
to private for each of them.
net: thunderx: make CFG_DONE message to run through generic send-ack
sequence
net: thunderx: add nicvf_send_msg_to_pf result check for
set_rx_mode_task
net: thunderx: rework xcast message structure to make it fit into 64
bit
net: thunderx: add mutex to protect mailbox from concurrent calls for
same VF
net: thunderx: add LINK_CHANGE message handler at nicpf
net: thunderx: remove link change polling code and info from nicpf

drivers/net/ethernet/cavium/thunder/nic.h | 14 +-
.../net/ethernet/cavium/thunder/nic_main.c | 149 ++++++------------
.../net/ethernet/cavium/thunder/nicvf_main.c | 130 ++++++++++-----
.../net/ethernet/cavium/thunder/thunder_bgx.c | 2 +-
.../net/ethernet/cavium/thunder/thunder_bgx.h | 2 +-
5 files changed, 144 insertions(+), 153 deletions(-)

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2.17.2

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