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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 0/8] nic: thunderx: fix communication races between VF & PF
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From: Vadim Lomovtsev <vlomovtsev@marvell.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:02:42 +0000

> 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;

Series applied, thanks.

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