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Subject[PATCH 0/4] Introduce variable length mdev alias
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To have consistent naming for the netdevice of a mdev and to have
consistent naming of the devlink port [1] of a mdev, which is formed using
phys_port_name of the devlink port, current UUID is not usable because
UUID is too long.

UUID in string format is 36-characters long and in binary 128-bit.
Both formats are not able to fit within 15 characters limit of netdev
name.

It is desired to have mdev device naming consistent using UUID.
So that widely used user space framework such as ovs [2] can make use
of mdev representor in similar way as PCIe SR-IOV VF and PF representors.

Hence,
(a) mdev alias is created which is derived using sha1 from the mdev name.
(b) Vendor driver describes how long an alias should be for the child mdev
created for a given parent.
(c) Mdev aliases are unique at system level.
(d) alias is created optionally whenever parent requested.
This ensures that non networking mdev parents can function without alias
creation overhead.

This design is discussed at [3].

An example systemd/udev extension will have,

1. netdev name created using mdev alias available in sysfs.

mdev UUID=83b8f4f2-509f-382f-3c1e-e6bfe0fa1001
mdev 12 character alias=cd5b146a80a5

netdev name of this mdev = enmcd5b146a80a5
Here en = Ethernet link
m = mediated device

2. devlink port phys_port_name created using mdev alias.
devlink phys_port_name=pcd5b146a80a5

This patchset enables mdev core to maintain unique alias for a mdev.

Patch-1 Introduces mdev alias using sha1.
Patch-2 Ensures that mdev alias is unique in a system.
Patch-3 Exposes mdev alias in a sysfs hirerchy.
Patch-4 Extends mtty driver to optionally provide alias generation.
This also enables to test UUID based sha1 collision and trigger
error handling for duplicate sha1 results.

In future when networking driver wants to use mdev alias, mdev_alias()
API will be added to derive devlink port name.

[1] http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/man8/devlink-port.8.html
[2] https://docs.openstack.org/os-vif/latest/user/plugins/ovs.html
[3] https://patchwork.kernel.org/cover/11084231/

Parav Pandit (4):
mdev: Introduce sha1 based mdev alias
mdev: Make mdev alias unique among all mdevs
mdev: Expose mdev alias in sysfs tree
mtty: Optionally support mtty alias

drivers/vfio/mdev/mdev_core.c | 103 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
drivers/vfio/mdev/mdev_private.h | 5 +-
drivers/vfio/mdev/mdev_sysfs.c | 26 ++++++--
include/linux/mdev.h | 4 ++
samples/vfio-mdev/mtty.c | 10 +++
5 files changed, 139 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)

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2.19.2

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