Re: [PATCH v2 1/7] ACPI: Add CONFIG_HOTPLUG_OST option

From: Toshi Kani
Date: Thu May 10 2012 - 14:22:51 EST

On Fri, 2012-05-11 at 01:43 +0800, Jiang Liu wrote:
> On 05/11/2012 01:26 AM, Toshi Kani wrote:
> > On Fri, 2012-05-11 at 00:40 +0800, Jiang Liu wrote:
> >> On 05/09/2012 04:12 AM, Toshi Kani wrote:
> >>> Added CONFIG_ACPI_HOTPLUG_OPT option. When this config option is disabled,
> >>> this patchset has no effect on the platform. This option is disabled by
> >>> default. The dependency list assures consistent behavior among CPU, memory
> >>> and container hotplug operations with regarding the _OST support.
> >> Seems also need to enhance the acpiphp driver for PCI hotplug operations too.
> >> acpiphp driver is also based on the ACPI device hotplug model.
> >
> > Good question. ACPI PCI hotplug is a legacy method, which is being
> > replaced by PCI native hotplug. I expect PCI native hotplug will be
> > used for any platforms supporting PCI-E. Since this _OST support is
> > targeted for new platforms (as _OST is not supported on the current
> > platforms), I thought that it would be prudent to avoid changing PCI
> > hotplug code for this.
> You are right, acpiphp is legacy method. But it may also be used to support
> some cases which can't be supported by the pciehp driver.
> For example, we have a PCIe system which needs to run acpiphp and pciehp
> concurrently. The pciehp driver is used to manage hot-pluggable PCIe slot,
> and the acpiphp driver is used to migrate downstream ports among virtual
> PCIe switches of an MR-IOV switch. It would be great if we could enable
> _OST for acpiphp too.
> To be honest, our BIOS doesn't provide _OST for acpiphp yet, so we could
> enhance acpiphp driver in future when a system really needing that feature
> appears.

Interesting. In such case, I am willing to change acpiphp, but I am
afraid that I do not have access to platforms with ACPI PCI hotplug
support. My test systems are all PCI-E based. So, it would be great if
you could enhance acpiphp when you need it.


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