net: Distributed Switch Architecture protocol support
authorLennert Buytenhek <buytenh@wantstofly.org>
Tue, 7 Oct 2008 13:44:02 +0000 (13:44 +0000)
committerDavid S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>
Thu, 9 Oct 2008 00:15:19 +0000 (17:15 -0700)
commit91da11f870f00a3322b81c73042291d7f0be5a17
tree670fedb54ee3c8fa403e9095f6d7e95ee560f346
parent176eaa589b3d242f25f24e472883fcce5f196777
net: Distributed Switch Architecture protocol support

Distributed Switch Architecture is a protocol for managing hardware
switch chips.  It consists of a set of MII management registers and
commands to configure the switch, and an ethernet header format to
signal which of the ports of the switch a packet was received from
or is intended to be sent to.

The switches that this driver supports are typically embedded in
access points and routers, and a typical setup with a DSA switch
looks something like this:

+-----------+       +-----------+
|           | RGMII |           |
|           +-------+           +------ 1000baseT MDI ("WAN")
|           |       |  6-port   +------ 1000baseT MDI ("LAN1")
|    CPU    |       |  ethernet +------ 1000baseT MDI ("LAN2")
|           |MIImgmt|  switch   +------ 1000baseT MDI ("LAN3")
|           +-------+  w/5 PHYs +------ 1000baseT MDI ("LAN4")
|           |       |           |
+-----------+       +-----------+

The switch driver presents each port on the switch as a separate
network interface to Linux, polls the switch to maintain software
link state of those ports, forwards MII management interface
accesses to those network interfaces (e.g. as done by ethtool) to
the switch, and exposes the switch's hardware statistics counters
via the appropriate Linux kernel interfaces.

This initial patch supports the MII management interface register
layout of the Marvell 88E6123, 88E6161 and 88E6165 switch chips, and
supports the "Ethertype DSA" packet tagging format.

(There is no officially registered ethertype for the Ethertype DSA
packet format, so we just grab a random one.  The ethertype to use
is programmed into the switch, and the switch driver uses the value
of ETH_P_EDSA for this, so this define can be changed at any time in
the future if the one we chose is allocated to another protocol or
if Ethertype DSA gets its own officially registered ethertype, and
everything will continue to work.)

Signed-off-by: Lennert Buytenhek <buytenh@marvell.com>
Tested-by: Nicolas Pitre <nico@marvell.com>
Tested-by: Byron Bradley <byron.bbradley@gmail.com>
Tested-by: Tim Ellis <tim.ellis@mac.com>
Tested-by: Peter van Valderen <linux@ddcrew.com>
Tested-by: Dirk Teurlings <dirk@upexia.nl>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>
14 files changed:
include/linux/if_ether.h
include/linux/netdevice.h
include/net/dsa.h [new file with mode: 0644]
net/Kconfig
net/Makefile
net/dsa/Kconfig [new file with mode: 0644]
net/dsa/Makefile [new file with mode: 0644]
net/dsa/dsa.c [new file with mode: 0644]
net/dsa/dsa_priv.h [new file with mode: 0644]
net/dsa/mv88e6123_61_65.c [new file with mode: 0644]
net/dsa/mv88e6xxx.c [new file with mode: 0644]
net/dsa/mv88e6xxx.h [new file with mode: 0644]
net/dsa/slave.c [new file with mode: 0644]
net/dsa/tag_edsa.c [new file with mode: 0644]