Re: FireWire/SBP2 Target mode

From: Julian Calaby
Date: Mon Feb 06 2012 - 18:01:03 EST


On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 09:28, Chris Boot <bootc@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 6 Feb 2012, at 20:26, Stefan Richter wrote:
>> On Feb 06 Chris Boot wrote:
>>> On 06/02/2012 14:43, Clemens Ladisch wrote:
>>>> Chris Boot wrote:
>>>>> You can pull the code from:
>>>>> git://
>>>> The TODO file says:
>>>>> * Update Juju so we can get the speed in the fw_address_handler callback
>>>> What is the speed needed for?
>>> "The speed at which the block write request to the MANAGEMENT_AGENT
>>> register is received shall determine the speed used by the target for
>>> all subsequent requests to read the initiator’s configuration ROM, fetch
>>> ORB’s from initiator memory or store status at the initiator’s
>>> status_FIFO. Command block ORB’s separately specify the speed for
>>> requests addressed to the data buffer or page table."
>>> (T10/1155D Revision 4 page 53/54)
>> I guess it is not too hard to add this to the AR-req handler.  On the
>> other hand, I see little reason to follow the SBP-2 spec to the letter
>> here.  The target driver could just use the maximum speed that the core
>> figured out.  On the other hand, this requires of course
>>  - the target to wait for core to finish scanning an initiator,
>>  - the core to offer an API to look up an fw_device by a
>>    card--generation--nodeID tuple.
>> The intention of the spec is IMO clearly to enable target implementations
>> that do not need to implement topology scanning.  I have a hard time to
>> think of a valid scenario where an initiator needs to be able to steer a
>> target towards a lower wire speed than what the participating links and
>> PHYs actually support.
> The only thing stopping me from getting the speed is the fact that struct fw_request is opaque. The value is easily available from request->response.speed and I kind of do that already in a very hackish way. I've sent a separate patch which adds a function that can be used to access that one value.
> Waiting until the bus scan is complete isn't actually that great as I see the first LOGIN requests often before the fw_node is seen at all. I'd have to turn away the requester and hope they try again. I'm fairly sure my little tweak in my patch is a simple enough solution.

Stupid question: Could you use a completion queue or something
equivalent to wait until you have seen the fw_node, *then* process the
LOGIN request?


Julian Calaby

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