Re: [PATCH v2 00/17] net: introduce Qualcomm IPA driver

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On Mon, 2019-06-03 at 13:04 -0600, Subash Abhinov Kasiviswanathan
> > > I can't (or won't) comment right now on whether IPA needs its own
> > > netdev for rmnet to use.  The IPA endpoints used for the modem
> > > network interfaces are enabled when the netdev is opened and
> > > disabled when closed.  Outside of that, TX and RX are pretty
> > > much immediately passed through to the layer below or above.
> > > IPA currently has no other net device operations.
> > 
> > I don't really have issues with the patchset underneath the netdev
> > layer. I'm interested in how the various bits present themselves to
> > userspace, which is why I am trying to tie this in with Johannes'
> > conversation about WWAN devices, netdevs, channels, and how the
> > various
> > drivers present API for creating data channels that map to
> > different
> > modem contexts.
> > 
> > So let me rephrase. If the control plane has set up the default
> > context
> > and sent a QMI Start Network message (or the network attached the
> > default one) and the resulting IP details are applied to the IPA
> > netdev
> > can things just start sending data? Or do we need to create an
> > rmnet on
> > top to get that working?
> > 
> > Dan
> Hi Dan
> All data from the hardware will have the MAP headers.
> We still need to create rmnet devs over the IPA netdev and use it
> for 
> the
> data path.
> The IPA netdev will pass on the packets which it receives from the 
> hardware
> and queue it to network stack where it will be intercepted by the
> rmnet rx handler.

Ok, so IPA only needs a netdev so that rmnet has something to
send/receive packets to/from? This gets even closer to the discussion
in "cellular modem driver APIs - take 2" from last week.


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