[PATCH net-next 1/4] ixgbe: sparc: rename the ARCH_WANT_RELAX_ORDER to IXGBE_ALLOW_RELAXED_ORDER

David Laight David.Laight at ACULAB.COM
Tue Apr 18 06:25:44 PDT 2017

From: Gabriele Paoloni
> Sent: 13 April 2017 10:11
> > > Till now only the Intel ixgbe could support enable
> > > Relaxed ordering in the drivers for special architecture,
> > > but the ARCH_WANT_RELAX_ORDER is looks like a general name
> > > for all arch, so rename to a specific name for intel
> > > card looks more appropriate.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Ding Tianhong <dingtianhong at huawei.com>
> >
> > This is not a driver specific facility.
> >
> > Any driver can test this symbol and act accordingly.
> >
> > Just because IXGBE is the first and only user, doesn't mean
> > the facility is driver specific.
> Please correct me if I am wrong but my understanding is that the standard
> way to enable/disable relaxed ordering is to set/clear bit 4 of the Device
> Control Register (PCI_EXP_DEVCTL_RELAX_EN 0x0010 /* Enable relaxed
> ordering */).
> Now I have looked up for all drivers either enabling or disabling relaxed
> ordering and none of them seems to need a symbol to decide whether to
> enable it or not.
> Also it seems to me enabling/disabling relaxed ordering is never bound to the
> host architecture.
> So why this should be (or it is expected to be) a generic symbol?
> Wouldn't it be more correct to have this as a driver specific symbol now and
> move it to a generic one later once we have other drivers requiring it?

'Relaxed ordering' is a bit in the TLP header.
A device (like the ixgbe hardware) can set it for some transactions and
still have the transactions 'ordered enough' for the driver to work.
(If all transactions have 'relaxed ordering' set then I suspect it is
almost impossible to write a working driver.)
The host side could (probably does) have a bit to enable 'relaxed ordering',
it could also enforce stronger ordering than required by the PCIe spec
(eg keeping reads in order).

Clearly, on some sparc64 systems, ixgbe needs to use 'relaxed ordering'.
To me this requires two separate bits be enabled:
1) to the ixgbe driver to generate the 'relaxed' TLP.
2) to the host to actually act on them.
If the ixgbe driver works when both are enabled why have options to
disable either (except for bug-finding)?


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