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

Rajkumar Manoharan rmanohar at codeaurora.org
Fri Jun 3 09:28:28 PDT 2016

On 2016-06-03 21:37, Ben Greear wrote:
> 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....
Nope. There are customers who are still using 10.2.2 firmware. My kind 
advice is that please try to optimize latest firmware. 10.2 is nothing 
but based on 10.1 trunk so there wont be much interface difference... 
Will drop this series as of now...


Please drop this series.. Sorry for the noise.


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