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On Sun, 7 Jan 2001, Ben Greear wrote:
> jamal wrote:
> >
> > erm, this is a MUST. You MUST factor the hardware VLANs and be totaly
> > 802.1q compliant. Also of interest is 802.1P and D. We must have full
> > compliance, not some toy emulation.
>
> I have seen neither hardware nor spec sheets on how these NICs are doing
> VLAN 'support'. So, I don't know what the best way to support them is.
>

Most of the GIGe interfaces do provide VLAN insertion/removal. You
pass/receive it as part of the DMA descriptor.

> If it requires driver changes, then the ethernet driver folks will need
> to be involved.
>

I think the design MUST consider not just a poor man's VLAN way of
doing things. You and the other VLAN folks (Gleb and co) will have to iron
that out. Basically, all i am saying is that if there is going to be a
linux solution at some point, the requirement for these devices is a MUST.
Please involve me in discussions you guys end up having.

> There is also a difference between supporting hardware VLAN solutions
> and being 100% compliant: If I can send/receive packets that are
> 100% compliant from an RTL 8139 NIC, then as far as the world (ie Switch) knows,
> I am 100% compliant.
>

ok.

> If the specific VLAN hardware features are not supported in some exotic
> NIC, then that should just mean slightly less performance, or worst cast,
> not supporting that particular NIC.

The included design must be flexible enough to allow for this. As much as
i hate it, some vendors will continue releasing binaries only for their
code.

>
> My vlan code supports setting of Priority bits already (thats' the .1P, right?)
>

right. There's a lot of work to be done in that area.

> What is the .1D stuff about?
>

spanning tree. Seems the bridging code already does this.

cheers,
jamal

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