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From: Maxime Ripard <maxime@cerno.tech>
To: Thomas Zimmermann <tzimmermann@suse.de>
Cc: daniel@ffwll.ch, airlied@linux.ie,
	maarten.lankhorst@linux.intel.com, kraxel@redhat.com,
	corbet@lwn.net, lgirdwood@gmail.com, broonie@kernel.org,
	sam@ravnborg.org, robh@kernel.org, emil.l.velikov@gmail.com,
	geert+renesas@glider.be, hdegoede@redhat.com,
	bluescreen_avenger@verizon.net, gregkh@linuxfoundation.org,
	dri-devel@lists.freedesktop.org, linux-doc@vger.kernel.org,
	virtualization@lists.linux-foundation.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 0/9] drm: Support simple-framebuffer devices and firmware fbs
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2021 12:24:03 +0200
Message-ID: <20210429102403.drx4dn6mq2fo467y@gilmour> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20210416090048.11492-1-tzimmermann@suse.de>


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On Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 11:00:39AM +0200, Thomas Zimmermann wrote:
> This patchset adds support for simple-framebuffer platform devices and
> a handover mechanism for native drivers to take-over control of the
> hardware.
> 
> The new driver, called simpledrm, binds to a simple-frambuffer platform
> device. The kernel's boot code creates such devices for firmware-provided
> framebuffers, such as EFI-GOP or VESA. Typically the BIOS, UEFI or boot
> loader sets up the framebuffers. Description via device tree is also an
> option.
> 
> Simpledrm is small enough to be linked into the kernel. The driver's main
> purpose is to provide graphical output during the early phases of the boot
> process, before the native DRM drivers are available. Native drivers are
> typically loaded from an initrd ram disk. Occationally simpledrm can also
> serve as interim solution on graphics hardware without native DRM driver.
> 
> So far distributions rely on fbdev drivers, such as efifb, vesafb or
> simplefb, for early-boot graphical output. However fbdev is deprecated and
> the drivers do not provide DRM interfaces for modern userspace.
> 
> Patches 1 and 2 prepare the DRM format helpers for simpledrm.
> 
> Patches 4 to 8 add the simpledrm driver. It's build on simple DRM helpers
> and SHMEM. It supports 16-bit, 24-bit and 32-bit RGB framebuffers. During
> pageflips, SHMEM buffers are copied into the framebuffer memory, similar
> to cirrus or mgag200. The code in patches 7 and 8 handles clocks and
> regulators. It's based on the simplefb drivers, but has been modified for
> DRM.
> 
> Patches 3 and 9 add a hand-over mechanism. Simpledrm acquires it's
> framebuffer's I/O-memory range and can be hot-unplugged by a native driver.
> The native driver will remove simpledrm before taking over the hardware.
> The removal is integrated into existing helpers, so existing drivers use
> it automatically.
> 
> I've also been working on fastboot support (i.e., flicker-free booting).
> This requires state-readout from simpledrm via generic interfaces, as
> outlined in [1]. I do have some prototype code, but it will take a while
> to get this ready. Simpledrm will then support it.
> 
> I've tested simpledrm with x86 EFI and VESA framebuffers, which both work
> reliably. The fbdev console and Weston work automatically. Xorg requires
> manual configuration of the device. Xorgs current modesetting driver does
> not work with both, platform and PCI device, for the same physical
> hardware. Once configured, X11 works. I looked into X11, but couldn't see
> an easy way of fixing the problem. With the push towards Wayland+Xwayland
> I expect the problem to become a non-issue soon. Additional testing has
> been reported at [2].
> 
> One cosmetical issue is that simpledrm's device file is card0 and the
> native driver's device file is card1. After simpledrm has been kicked out,
> only card1 is left. This does not seem to be a practical problem however.

Provided that patches 4 to 8 are squashed when merged:
Acked-by: Maxime Ripard <maxime@cerno.tech>

Maxime

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Thread overview: 21+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-04-16  9:00 Thomas Zimmermann
2021-04-16  9:00 ` [PATCH v4 1/9] drm/format-helper: Pass destination pitch to drm_fb_memcpy_dstclip() Thomas Zimmermann
2021-04-16  9:00 ` [PATCH v4 2/9] drm/format-helper: Add blitter functions Thomas Zimmermann
2021-04-16  9:00 ` [PATCH v4 3/9] drm/aperture: Add infrastructure for aperture ownership Thomas Zimmermann
2021-04-16  9:00 ` [PATCH v4 4/9] drm: Add simpledrm driver Thomas Zimmermann
2021-04-16  9:00 ` [PATCH v4 5/9] drm/simpledrm: Add fbdev emulation Thomas Zimmermann
2021-04-16  9:00 ` [PATCH v4 6/9] drm/simpledrm: Initialize framebuffer data from device-tree node Thomas Zimmermann
2021-04-16  9:00 ` [PATCH v4 7/9] drm/simpledrm: Acquire clocks from DT device node Thomas Zimmermann
2021-04-16  9:00 ` [PATCH v4 8/9] drm/simpledrm: Acquire regulators " Thomas Zimmermann
2021-04-16  9:00 ` [PATCH v4 9/9] drm/simpledrm: Acquire memory aperture for framebuffer Thomas Zimmermann
2021-04-19  8:00 ` [PATCH v4 0/9] drm: Support simple-framebuffer devices and firmware fbs Geert Uytterhoeven
2021-04-20  8:46   ` Daniel Vetter
2021-04-20  9:16     ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2021-04-20 11:11       ` Daniel Vetter
2021-04-20  9:22     ` Gerd Hoffmann
2021-04-20  9:27       ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2021-04-26 12:22         ` Thomas Zimmermann
2021-04-26 19:05           ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2021-04-26 12:18     ` Thomas Zimmermann
2021-04-26 15:08       ` Daniel Vetter
2021-04-29 10:24 ` Maxime Ripard [this message]

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