bnx2x: Free NVRAM lock at end of each page

This change “bnx2x: Free NVRAM lock at end of each page” in Linux kernel is authored by Yuval Mintz <Yuval.Mintz [at]> on Mon Aug 10 12:49:36 2015 +0300.

bnx2x: Free NVRAM lock at end of each page

Writing each 4Kb page into flash might take up-to ~100 miliseconds,
during which time management firmware cannot acces the nvram for its
own uses.

Firmware upgrade utility use the ethtool API to burn new flash images
for the device via the ethtool API, doing so by writing several page-worth
of data on each command. Such action might create problems for the
management firmware, as the nvram might not be accessible for a long time.

This patch changes the write implementation, releasing the nvram lock on
the completion of each page, allowing the management firmware time to
claim it and perform its own required actions.

Signed-off-by: Yuval Mintz <>
Signed-off-by: Ariel Elior <>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>

This Linux change may have been applied to various maintained Linux releases and you can find Linux releases including commit 0ea853d.

There are 16 lines of Linux source code added/deleted in this change. Code changes to Linux kernel are as follows.

 drivers/net/ethernet/broadcom/bnx2x/bnx2x_ethtool.c | 16 ++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 16 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/broadcom/bnx2x/bnx2x_ethtool.c b/drivers/net/ethernet/broadcom/bnx2x/bnx2x_ethtool.c
index 76b9052..5907c82 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/broadcom/bnx2x/bnx2x_ethtool.c
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/broadcom/bnx2x/bnx2x_ethtool.c
@@ -1718,6 +1718,22 @@ static int bnx2x_nvram_write(struct bnx2x *bp, u32 offset, u8 *data_buf,
 		offset += sizeof(u32);
 		data_buf += sizeof(u32);
 		written_so_far += sizeof(u32);
+		/* At end of each 4Kb page, release nvram lock to allow MFW
+		 * chance to take it for its own use.
+		 */
+		if ((cmd_flags & MCPR_NVM_COMMAND_LAST) &&
+		    (written_so_far < buf_size)) {
+			   "Releasing NVM lock after offset 0x%xn",
+			   (u32)(offset - sizeof(u32)));
+			bnx2x_release_nvram_lock(bp);
+			usleep_range(1000, 2000);
+			rc = bnx2x_acquire_nvram_lock(bp);
+			if (rc)
+				return rc;
+		}
 		cmd_flags = 0;

The commit for this change in Linux stable tree is 0ea853d (patch).

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