LSI supported mps(4) driver available

Kenneth D. Merry ken at
Fri Jan 20 20:45:01 UTC 2012

The LSI-supported version of the mps(4) driver that supports their 6Gb SAS
HBAs as well as WarpDrive controllers, is available here:

I plan to check it in to head next week, and then MFC it into stable/9 a
week after that most likely.

Please test it out and let me know if you run into any problems.

In addition to supporting WarpDrive, the driver also supports Integrated

Thanks to LSI for doing the work on this driver!

I have added a number of other infrastructure changes that are necessary
for the driver, and here is a brief summary:

 - A new Advanced Information buffer is now added to the EDT for drives
   that support READ CAPACITY (16).  The da(4) driver updates this buffer
   when it grabs new read capacity data from a drive.
 - The mps(4) driver will look for Advanced Information state change async
   events, and updates its table of drives with protection information
   turned on accordingly.
 - The size of struct scsi_read_capacity_data_long has been bumped up to
   the amount specified in the latest SBC-3 draft.  The hope is to avoid
   some future structure size bumps with that change.  The API for
   scsi_read_capacity_16() has been changed to add a length argument.
   Hopefully this will future-proof it somewhat.
 - __FreeBSD_version bumped for the addition of the Advanced Information
   buffer with the read capacity information.  The mps(4) driver has a
   kludgy way of getting the information on versions of FreeBSD without
   this change.

I believe that the CAM API changes are mild enough and beneficial enough
for a merge into stable/9, but they are intertwined with the unmap changes
in the da(4) driver, so those changes will have to go back to stable/9 as
well in order to MFC the full set of changes.

Otherwise it'll just be the driver that gets merged into stable/9, and
it'll use the kludgy method of getting the read capacity data for each

A couple of notes about issues with this driver:

 - Unlike the current mps(4) driver, it probes sequentially.  If you have a
   lot of drives in your system, it will take a while to probe them all.
 - You may see warning messages like this:

_mapping_add_new_device: failed to add the device with handle 0x0019 to persiste
nt table because there is no free space available
_mapping_add_new_device: failed to add the device with handle 0x001a to persiste
nt table because there is no free space available

 - The driver is not endian safe.  (It assumes a little endian machine.)
   This is not new, the driver in the tree has the same issue.

The LSI folks know about these issues.  The driver has passed their testing

Many thanks to LSI for going through the effort to support FreeBSD.

Kenneth Merry
ken at FreeBSD.ORG

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