Patchwork [net-next,v4,13/13] Documentation/networking/ieee802154: update MAC chapter

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Submitter alex.bluesman.smirnov@gmail.com
Date May 12, 2012, 1:59 p.m.
Message ID <1336831165-23944-14-git-send-email-alex.bluesman.smirnov@gmail.com>
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alex.bluesman.smirnov@gmail.com - May 12, 2012, 1:59 p.m.
Update the documentation according to latest changes.

Signed-off-by: Alexander Smirnov <alex.bluesman.smirnov@gmail.com>
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 Documentation/networking/ieee802154.txt |   75 ++++++++++++++++++++++++-------
 1 files changed, 59 insertions(+), 16 deletions(-)

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diff --git a/Documentation/networking/ieee802154.txt b/Documentation/networking/ieee802154.txt
index 1dc1c24..703cf43 100644
--- a/Documentation/networking/ieee802154.txt
+++ b/Documentation/networking/ieee802154.txt
@@ -4,15 +4,22 @@ 
 
 Introduction
 ============
+The IEEE 802.15.4 working group focuses on standartization of bottom
+two layers: Medium Accsess Control (MAC) and Physical (PHY). And there
+are mainly two options available for upper layers:
+ - ZigBee - proprietary protocol from ZigBee Alliance
+ - 6LowPAN - IPv6 networking over low rate personal area networks
 
 The Linux-ZigBee project goal is to provide complete implementation
-of IEEE 802.15.4 / ZigBee / 6LoWPAN protocols. IEEE 802.15.4 is a stack
+of IEEE 802.15.4 and 6LoWPAN protocols. IEEE 802.15.4 is a stack
 of protocols for organizing Low-Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks.
 
-Currently only IEEE 802.15.4 layer is implemented. We have chosen
-to use plain Berkeley socket API, the generic Linux networking stack
-to transfer IEEE 802.15.4 messages and a special protocol over genetlink
-for configuration/management
+The stack is composed of three main parts:
+ - IEEE 802.15.4 layer;  We have chosen to use plain Berkeley socket API,
+   the generic Linux networking stack to transfer IEEE 802.15.4 messages
+   and a special protocol over genetlink for configuration/management
+ - MAC - provides access to shared channel and reliable data delivery
+ - PHY - represents device drivers
 
 
 Socket API
@@ -29,15 +36,6 @@  or git tree at git://linux-zigbee.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/linux-zigbee).
 One can use SOCK_RAW for passing raw data towards device xmit function. YMMV.
 
 
-MLME - MAC Level Management
-============================
-
-Most of IEEE 802.15.4 MLME interfaces are directly mapped on netlink commands.
-See the include/net/nl802154.h header. Our userspace tools package
-(see above) provides CLI configuration utility for radio interfaces and simple
-coordinator for IEEE 802.15.4 networks as an example users of MLME protocol.
-
-
 Kernel side
 =============
 
@@ -51,6 +49,15 @@  Like with WiFi, there are several types of devices implementing IEEE 802.15.4.
 Those types of devices require different approach to be hooked into Linux kernel.
 
 
+MLME - MAC Level Management
+============================
+
+Most of IEEE 802.15.4 MLME interfaces are directly mapped on netlink commands.
+See the include/net/nl802154.h header. Our userspace tools package
+(see above) provides CLI configuration utility for radio interfaces and simple
+coordinator for IEEE 802.15.4 networks as an example users of MLME protocol.
+
+
 HardMAC
 =======
 
@@ -73,11 +80,47 @@  We provide an example of simple HardMAC driver at drivers/ieee802154/fakehard.c
 SoftMAC
 =======
 
-We are going to provide intermediate layer implementing IEEE 802.15.4 MAC
-in software. This is currently WIP.
+The MAC is the middle layer in the IEEE 802.15.4 Linux stack. This moment it
+provides interface for drivers registration and management of slave interfaces.
+
+NOTE: Currently the only monitor device type is supported - it's IEEE 802.15.4
+stack interface for network sniffers (e.g. WireShark).
+
+This layer is going to be extended soon.
 
 See header include/net/mac802154.h and several drivers in drivers/ieee802154/.
 
+
+Device drivers API
+==================
+
+The include/net/mac802154.h defines following functions:
+ - struct ieee802154_dev *ieee802154_alloc_device
+   (size_t priv_size, struct ieee802154_ops *ops):
+   allocation of IEEE 802.15.4 compatible device
+
+ - void ieee802154_free_device(struct ieee802154_dev *dev):
+   freeing allocated device
+
+ - int ieee802154_register_device(struct ieee802154_dev *dev):
+   register PHY in the system
+
+ - void ieee802154_unregister_device(struct ieee802154_dev *dev):
+   freeing registered PHY
+
+Moreover IEEE 802.15.4 device operations structure should be filled.
+
+Fake drivers
+============
+
+In addition there are two drivers available which simulate real devices with
+HardMAC (fakehard) and SoftMAC (fakelb - IEEE 802.15.4 loopback driver)
+interfaces. This option provides possibility to test and debug stack without
+usage of real hardware.
+
+See sources in drivers/ieee802154 folder for more details.
+
+
 6LoWPAN Linux implementation
 ============================