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SubjectRe: RapidIO - general questions
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On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 5:17 PM, Jan Neskudla <> wrote:
> Hallo
> we'd likes to use a RapidIO as a general communication bus on our new
> product, and so I have some questions about general design of Linux RIO
> subsystem. I did not find any better mailing list for RapidIO
> discussion.
> [1] - we'd like to implement following features
>    * Hot-plug (hot-insert/hot-remove) of devices
>    * Error handling (port-write packets - configuration, handling of
> them)
>    * Static ID configuration based on port numbers
>    * Aux driver - basic driver, for sending messages over different
> mboxes, handling ranges of doorbells
>    Is it here anyone who is working on any improvement, or anyone who
> knows the development plans for RapidIO subsystem?

AFAIK, there is no one currently working on these features for Linux.
It will be good if you can add these useful features.

> [2] - I have a following problem with a current implementation of
> loading drivers. The driver probe-function call is based on comparison
> of VendorID (VID) and DeviceID (DID) only. Thus if I have 3 devices with
> same DID and VID connected to the same network (bus), the driver is
> loaded 3times, instead only once for the actual device Master port.

This should be the correct way as you actually have 3 instances of the device.

> Rionet driver solved this by enabling to call initialization function
> just once, and it expect that this is the Master port.

Rionet is kind of special. It's not working like a simple device
driver, but more like a customized protocol stack to support multiple
ethernet over rio links.

> Is it this correct behavior  ? It looks to me that RapidIO is handled
> like a local bus (like PCI)

This is correct behavior. All of them are using Linux device/driver
infrastructure, but rionet is a special device.

- Leo
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