RE: [PATCH] ixgbe: make VLAN filter conditional in SR-IOV case

From: Hiroshi Shimamoto
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 - 04:23:07 EST

> Subject: Re: [PATCH] ixgbe: make VLAN filter conditional in SR-IOV case
> On Thu, 2014-11-13 at 08:28 +0000, Hiroshi Shimamoto wrote:
> > From: Hiroshi Shimamoto <h-shimamoto@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >
> > Disable hardware VLAN filtering if netdev->features VLAN flag is dropped.
> >
> > In SR-IOV case, there is a use case which needs to disable VLAN filter.
> > For example, we need to make a network function with VF in virtualized
> > environment. That network function may be a software switch, a router
> > or etc. It means that that network function will be an end point which
> > terminates many VLANs.
> >
> > In the current implementation, VLAN filtering always be turned on and
> > VF can receive only 63 VLANs. It means that only 63 VLANs can be used
> > and it's not enough at all for building a virtual router.
> >
> > With this patch, if the user turns VLAN filtering off on the host, VF
> > can receive every VLAN packet.
> > The behavior is changed only if VLAN filtering is turned off by ethtool.
> [...]
> What happens when VLAN filtering is turned back on and a VF uses too
> many VLANs? It seems like that should either be prevented (you can't
> turn it back on) or the driver should log a message saying the VF is now
> broken.

that's reasonable.
Will submit additional patch to take care about that.


> Ben.
> --
> Ben Hutchings
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