[PATCH 2/2] ath10k: remove 10.1 firmware support

Ben Greear greearb at candelatech.com
Fri Jun 3 09:07:27 PDT 2016

On 06/03/2016 08:55 AM, Rajkumar Manoharan wrote:
> On 2016-06-03 21:18, Ben Greear wrote:
>> On 06/03/2016 08:33 AM, Rajkumar Manoharan wrote:
>>> Earlier qca9888 device was brought up using 10.1 firmware and then
>>> later all firmware fixes and new features are migrated to 10.2/10.2.x
>>> firmware branch. As all of 10.1 funtionalities are supported in 10.2
>>> based firmware, removing 10.1 firmware support for qca9888 device.
>> Oh please do not do this.  My 10.1 firmware works very nicely,
>> and out-performs 10.2 in my testing.  Lots of people use my firmware
>> when they need IBSS support or other features not found in
>> official firmware, so it is not just me that will have
>> problems if you remove this support.
> Aah.. I thought CT firmware is 10.2 based. Since most of firmware bug fixes and enhancements are integrated into 10.2 based firmware, we thought of get rid of
> 10.1 firmware to reduce code size. Moreover existing 10.1 official firmware has known issues. Is it possible to upgrade CT firmware to 10.2 WMI/HTT interfaces?

I have a 10.2 firmware too, but it is less stable, performs worse,
uses more RAM on the NIC (so I can do fewer virtual stations),
and I am not sure I can squeeze enough RAM out of it to port some
of the more interesting rate-ctrl fixes from 10.1 to 10.2.
I have recently started backporting a lot of 10.2.4 changes
into 10.1, which will aid any users on pre 4.0 kernels since they cannot
run 10.2.4 firmware w/out backporting.

I might could make my 10.1 work with a 10.2 driver API, but it would take quite a bit of
effort, way more than what removing 10.1 from the driver saves in my opinion.
The driver already separates firmware specific logic pretty well, so I don't think
it should be a huge maintenance effort to keep 10.1 support in the driver.

Maybe you could delete the 10.2 (not 10.2.4) firmware support and gain some space that way?  I
doubt anyone is using that productively....


Ben Greear <greearb at candelatech.com>
Candela Technologies Inc  http://www.candelatech.com

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