On 10/13/2016 05:46 PM, Joe Hershberger wrote:
On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 1:35 AM, Stephen Warren <swar...@wwwdotorg.org> wrote:
On 10/11/2016 04:48 PM, Joe Hershberger wrote:

On Tue, Oct 4, 2016 at 12:13 AM, Stephen Warren <swar...@wwwdotorg.org>

On 09/23/2016 03:49 PM, Joe Hershberger wrote:

Hi Stephen,

Thanks for sending this! I have some comments below.


On Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 12:48 PM, Stephen Warren <swar...@wwwdotorg.org>

From: Stephen Warren <swar...@nvidia.com>

This driver supports the Synopsys Designware Ethernet QoS (Quality of
Service) a/k/a eqos IP block, which is a different design than the HW
supported by the existing designware.c driver. The IP supports many
options for bus type, clocking/reset structure, and feature list. This
driver currently supports the specific configuration used in NVIDIA's
Tegra186 chip, but should be extensible to other combinations quite
easily, as explained in the source.

diff --git a/drivers/net/dwc_eth_qos.c b/drivers/net/dwc_eth_qos.c

+static int eqos_start(struct udevice *dev)

+       /* Update the MAC address */
+       val = (plat->enetaddr[5] << 8) |
+               (plat->enetaddr[4]);
+       writel(val, eqos->regs + EQOS_MAC_ADDRESS0_HIGH);
+       val = (plat->enetaddr[3] << 24) |
+               (plat->enetaddr[2] << 16) |
+               (plat->enetaddr[1] << 8) |
+               (plat->enetaddr[0]);
+       writel(val, eqos->regs + EQOS_MAC_ADDRESS0_LOW);

This should be implemented in write_hwaddr() op.

That op is never called because this driver is only instantiated by
tree. Since this code can't be skipped, it can't be moved to that op.

I don't understand what you're saying here. That op is called in
eth_initialize() on every device found in device tree.

Oh, so it is. I must have screwed up my tracing before.

Anyway, I still don't believe using write_hwaddr() is correct for this HW.
It's marked optional in include/net.h; it would be implemented in cases
where the MAC address should be passed to subsequent SW in Ethernet
controller registers. That's not the case here. The master location for the
MAC address is in an unrelated EEPROM that all drivers must read.

That sounds more like a NV storage location for a read_rom_hwaddr() op
to get a default mac addr that can be overridden with the env.

If the EQoS HW module contained the interface to this EEPROM, such that all instances of the HW module always accessed the EEPROM in the same way and the layout of data in the EEPROM was fixed by the HW module, then yes.

However, the EqoS HW module doesn't define any mechanism for non-volatile MAC address storage; only the runtime registers. So, we can't implement read_rom_hwaddr() inside the EQoS driver unfortunately.

write_hwaddr is about what the mac uses to filter for limiting packet
ingress. One reason to support it as an op is so that when the env var
for the mac address is changed, the mac filter in the hw is also

I believe that every time the Ethernet device is used, the start() op is called first, followed by packet transfer, followed by the stop() op. If start() always programs the MAC address, the driver will always end up using the value requested by the user.

the device (as any driver would do to guarantee correct operation no matter
what SW ran before), or never initializing it in the first place (as is the
case now without any driver in U-Boot) means that those registers cannot be
assumed to contain valid data.

That's what the comment I quoted in my last mail is directly
addressing. It does make that data valid.

Resetting the device zeros out the MAC address value in the runtime registers. Perhaps we mean different things by "make the data valid", but resetting the device certainly doesn't load/activate any useful MAC address.

Thus SW after U-Boot won't rely on the MAC
address register values,

And yet it does in most cases, hence the comment I quoted in the last mail.

This certainly isn't true for this HW at least, and I believe aside from any platform-specific hacks is true fairly generally across other Ethernet devices too. I've checked:

a) The mainline kernel's EQoS driver.

b) The Synopsis-supplied EQoS driver as used in NVIDIA's downstream Tegra kernel.

In both cases, the driver retrieves the desired MAC address from sources other than the EQoS registers (i.e. device tree, or a system-specific user-space application which sets the MAC address before enabling the interface), and unconditionally programs that value into the EQoS runtime registers.

I also talked to the only user of the mainline Linux EQoS driver, and he also is of the opinion that we can't rely on transferring the MAC address between U-Boot (or any FW/...) and Linux using the EQoS registers.
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