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From: Serge Semin <>
To: Vinod Koul <>
Cc: Viresh Kumar <>,
	Andy Shevchenko <>,
	Alexey Malahov <>,
	Pavel Parkhomenko <>,
	Peter Ujfalusi <>,
	Andy Shevchenko <>,
	Rob Herring <>, <>,
	<>, <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v8 00/10] dmaengine: dw: Take Baikal-T1 SoC DW DMAC peculiarities into account
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2020 23:55:20 +0300
Message-ID: <20200727205520.kteltxy6gbho226q@mobilestation> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200727090114.GM12965@vkoul-mobl>

On Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 02:31:14PM +0530, Vinod Koul wrote:
> On 23-07-20, 03:58, Serge Semin wrote:
> > In the previous patchset I've written the next message:
> > 
> > > Folks, note I've removed the next patches from the series:
> > > [PATCH v7 04/11] dmaengine: Introduce max SG list entries capability
> > > [PATCH v7 11/11] dmaengine: dw: Initialize max_sg_nents capability
> > > It turns out the problem with the asynchronous handling of Tx- and Rx-
> > > SPI transfers interrupts is more complex than I expected. So in order to
> > > solve the problem it isn't enough to split the SG list entries submission
> > > up based on the max_sg_nents capability setting (though the synchronous
> > > one-by-one SG list entries handling does fix a part of the problem). So
> > > if and when I get to find a comprehensive solution for it I'll submit a
> > > new series with fixups. Until then please consider to merge the patchset
> > > in without those patches.
> > 
> > Those patches are returned back to the series. I've found a solution, which
> > fixes the problem for our hardware. A new patchset with several fixes for the
> > DW DMAC driver will be sent shortly after this one is merged in. Note the same
> > concerns the DW APB SPI driver. So please review and merge in as soon as
> > possible.
> > 
> > Regarding the patchset. Baikal-T1 SoC has an DW DMAC on-board to provide a
> > Mem-to-Mem, low-speed peripherals Dev-to-Mem and Mem-to-Dev functionality.
> > Mostly it's compatible with currently implemented in the kernel DW DMAC
> > driver, but there are some peculiarities which must be taken into account
> > in order to have the device fully supported.
> > 
> > First of all traditionally we replaced the legacy plain text-based dt-binding
> > file with yaml-based one. Secondly Baikal-T1 DW DMA Controller provides eight
> > channels, which alas have different max burst length configuration.
> > In particular first two channels may burst up to 128 bits (16 bytes) at a time
> > while the rest of them just up to 32 bits. We must make sure that the DMA
> > subsystem doesn't set values exceeding these limitations otherwise the
> > controller will hang up. In third currently we discovered the problem in using
> > the DW APB SPI driver together with DW DMAC. The problem happens if there is no
> > natively implemented multi-block LLP transfers support and the SPI-transfer
> > length exceeds the max lock size. In this case due to asynchronous handling of
> > Tx- and Rx- SPI transfers interrupt we might end up with DW APB SSI Rx FIFO
> > overflow. So if DW APB SSI (or any other DMAC service consumer) intends to use
> > the DMAC to asynchronously execute the transfers we'd have to at least warn
> > the user of the possible errors. In forth it's worth to set the DMA device max
> > segment size with max block size config specific to the DW DMA controller. It
> > shall help the DMA clients to create size-optimized SG-list items for the
> > controller. This in turn will cause less dw_desc allocations, less LLP
> > reinitializations, better DMA device performance.
> > 
> > Finally there is a bug in the algorithm of the nollp flag detection.
> > In particular even if DW DMAC parameters state the multi-block transfers
> > support there is still HC_LLP (hardcode LLP) flag, which if set makes expected
> > by the driver true multi-block LLP functionality unusable. This happens cause'
> > if HC_LLP flag is set the LLP registers will be hardcoded to zero so the
> > contiguous multi-block transfers will be only supported. We must take the
> > flag into account when detecting the LLP support otherwise the driver just
> > won't work correctly.
> Applied all, thanks

Great! Thank you very much. Now I can send out another set of patches for


> -- 
> ~Vinod

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Thread overview: 13+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-07-23  0:58 Serge Semin
2020-07-23  0:58 ` [PATCH v8 01/10] dt-bindings: dma: dw: Convert DW DMAC to DT binding Serge Semin
2020-07-23  0:58 ` [PATCH v8 02/10] dt-bindings: dma: dw: Add max burst transaction length property Serge Semin
2020-07-23  0:58 ` [PATCH v8 03/10] dmaengine: Introduce min burst length capability Serge Semin
2020-07-23  0:58 ` [PATCH v8 04/10] dmaengine: Introduce max SG burst capability Serge Semin
2020-07-23  0:58 ` [PATCH v8 05/10] dmaengine: Introduce DMA-device device_caps callback Serge Semin
2020-07-23  0:58 ` [PATCH v8 06/10] dmaengine: dw: Take HC_LLP flag into account for noLLP auto-config Serge Semin
2020-07-23  0:58 ` [PATCH v8 07/10] dmaengine: dw: Set DMA device max segment size parameter Serge Semin
2020-07-23  0:58 ` [PATCH v8 08/10] dmaengine: dw: Initialize min and max burst DMA device capability Serge Semin
2020-07-23  0:58 ` [PATCH v8 09/10] dmaengine: dw: Introduce max burst length hw config Serge Semin
2020-07-23  0:58 ` [PATCH v8 10/10] dmaengine: dw: Initialize max_sg_burst capability Serge Semin
2020-07-27  9:01 ` [PATCH v8 00/10] dmaengine: dw: Take Baikal-T1 SoC DW DMAC peculiarities into account Vinod Koul
2020-07-27 20:55   ` Serge Semin [this message]

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