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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 9 of 20] ipath - char devices for diagnostics and lightweight subnet management
    On Thu, 2006-03-09 at 15:20 -0800, Roland Dreier wrote:

    > I've never understood what forces you to maintain two separate SMAs.
    > Why can't you pick one of the two SMAs and use that unconditionally?

    Three reasons.

    * OpenSM wasn't usable when we wrote our SMA. We have customers
    using ours now, so we have to support it.
    * Our SMA does some setup for the layered ethernet emulation
    * Our SMA works without an IB stack of any kind present.


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