[Bridge] [PATCH net 0/6] bridge: Fix snooping in multi-bridge config with switchdev

Nikolay Aleksandrov nikolay at nvidia.com
Wed May 5 06:59:04 UTC 2021

On 05/05/2021 02:26, Huang, Joseph wrote:
>> If I may make a suggestion: I also work with mv88e6xxx systems, and we
>> have the same issues with known multicast not being flooded to router
>> ports. Knowing that chipset, I see what you are trying to do.
>> But other chips may work differently. Imagine for example a switch where
>> there is a separate vector of router ports that the hardware can OR in after
>> looking up the group in the ATU. This implementation would render the
>> performance gains possible on that device useless. As another example, you
>> could imagine a device where an ATU operation exists that sets a bit in the
>> vector of every group in a particular database; instead of having to update
>> each entry individually.
>> I think we (mv88e6xxx) will have to accept that we need to add the proper
>> scaffolding to manage this on the driver side. That way the bridge can stay
>> generic. The bridge could just provide some MDB iterator to save us from
>> having to cache all the configured groups.
>> So basically:
>> - In mv88e6xxx, maintain a per-switch vector of router ports.
>> - When a ports router state is toggled:
>>   1. Update the vector.
>>   2. Ask the bridge to iterate through all applicable groups and update
>>      the corresponding ATU entries.
>> - When a new MDB entry is updated, make sure to also OR in the current
>>   vector of router ports in the DPV of the ATU entry.
>> I would be happy to help out with testing of this!
> Thanks for the suggestion/offer!
> What patch 0002 does is that:
> - When an mrouter port is added/deleted, it iterates over the list of mdb's
>   to add/delete that port to/from the group in the hardware (I think this is
>   what your bullet #2 does as well, except that one is done in the bridge,
>   and the other is done in the driver)
> - When a group is added/deleted, it iterates over the list of mrouter ports
>   to add/delete the switchdev programming
> I think what Nik is objecting to is that with this approach, there's now
> a for-loop in the call paths (thus it "increases the complexity with 1 order
> of magnitude), however I can't think of a way to avoid the looping (whether
> done inside the bridge or in the driver) but still achieve the same result
> (for Marvell at least).

Note that I did not say to avoid it in the switchdev driver. :)
I said it should be in the driver or in some user-space helper, but it mustn't
affect non-switchdev software use cases so much.

You can check how mlxsw[1] deals with mdbs and router ports.

[1] drivers/net/ethernet/mellanox/mlxsw/spectrum_switchdev.c

> I suspect that other SOHO switches might have this problem as well (Broadcom
> comes to mind).
> Thanks,
> Joseph

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