AMD/Xilinx Solarflare Network Driver Restructuring Queued For Linux 5.19
This driver restructuring is punting out Solarflare SFN5000/SFN6000 series NICs to a new "sfc-siena" driver with Siena being the name of the architecture for those network adapters. This spin-out is being done since the SFN5000/SFN6000 series hardware with the Solarflare SFC9000 controller was announced end-of-life last November. AMD/Xilinx has removed these network adapters from their test labs and "testing has been reduced to a minimum". Thus the support is being spun out to a separate driver now so the main SFC driver can advance with existing and future hardware support without risk breaking the older Siena hardware support.
So while the Solarflare "Siena" hardware (SFC9000 controller) is EOL, the Linux support will still be there just now spun out to a likely rather dormant new module to lower their maintenance burden and allow focusing on newer generations of hardware with less risk of regressing this older architecture.
The Solarflare SFN5000 10GbE server NICs were originally announced more than one decade ago. These days 10GbE is less interesting in the high-end server space with Xilinx Solarflare having various 25/40/50/100GbE offerings too and moving forward will only go higher.
Previously Solarflare/Xilinx did this same sort of Linux network driver refactoring with their earlier "Falcon" architecture.
The various Solarflare SFC driver changes were queued this week into net-next ahead of the upcoming Linux 5.19 cycle.