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From: Scott Branden <scott.branden@broadcom.com>
To: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
Cc: Luis Chamberlain <mcgrof@kernel.org>,
	David Brown <david.brown@linaro.org>,
	Alexander Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>,
	Shuah Khan <shuah@kernel.org>,
	bjorn.andersson@linaro.org,
	Shuah Khan <skhan@linuxfoundation.org>,
	Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de>,
	"Rafael J . Wysocki" <rafael@kernel.org>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, linux-arm-msm@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org,
	BCM Kernel Feedback <bcm-kernel-feedback-list@broadcom.com>,
	Olof Johansson <olof@lixom.net>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>,
	Dan Carpenter <dan.carpenter@oracle.com>,
	Colin Ian King <colin.king@canonical.com>,
	Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>, Takashi Iwai <tiwai@suse.de>,
	linux-kselftest@vger.kernel.org, Andy Gross <agross@kernel.org>,
	Desmond Yan <desmond.yan@broadcom.com>,
	James Hu <james.hu@broadcom.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 6/7] misc: bcm-vk: add Broadcom VK driver
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:19:44 -0800
Message-ID: <ee53fe6f-53de-87c0-db16-989cc15abbce@broadcom.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200220074711.GA3261162@kroah.com>



On 2020-02-19 11:47 p.m., Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 04:48:24PM -0800, Scott Branden wrote:
>> Add Broadcom VK driver offload engine.
>> This driver interfaces to the VK PCIe offload engine to perform
>> should offload functions as video transcoding on multiple streams
>> in parallel.  VK device is booted from files loaded using
>> request_firmware_into_buf mechanism.  After booted card status is updated
>> and messages can then be sent to the card.
>> Such messages contain scatter gather list of addresses
>> to pull data from the host to perform operations on.
> Why is this a tty driver?
We have a tty driver here as there are (multiple) console interfaces to 
the card.
The only viable interface to the card is through the PCIe bus.  We can't 
hook up cables to the card to get at the consoles.
As such we implemented a tty driver to access the console via a circular 
buffer in PCIe BAR space.

It is extremely useful.  You get console access to virtual serial ports 
connected to each processor inside the VK SoC.
Future enhancement is to connect the tty driver to use an MSIX interrupt 
rather than polling.
Once that is done lrz/sz transfers will be much quicker.  I'd also look 
at if I could use ser2net to get network access
for the processors on the VK SoC over this interface as well.
>
> Have you worked with the V4L developers to tie this into the proper
> in-kernel apis for this type of functionality?
We looked at the V4L model doesn't have any support for anything we are 
doing in this driver.
We also want a driver that doesn't care about video.  It could be 
offloading crypto or other operations.
We talked with Olof about all of this previously and he said leave it as 
a misc driver for now.
He was going to discuss at linux plumbers conference that we need some 
sort of offload engine model that such devices could fit into.
> Using a tty driver seems like the totally incorrect way to do this, what
> am I missing?
tty driver is used to provide console access to the processors running 
on vk.
Data is sent using the bcm_vk_msg interface by read/write operations 
from user space.
VK then gets the messages and DMA's the data to/from host memory when 
needed to process.
>
> Also, do not make up random error values, you return "-1" a lot here,
> that is not ok.  Please fix up to return the correct -Ewhatever values
> instead.
OK.
>
> thanks,
>
> greg k-h


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Thread overview: 37+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-02-20  0:48 [PATCH v2 0/7] firmware: add partial read support in request_firmware_into_buf Scott Branden
2020-02-20  0:48 ` [PATCH v2 1/7] fs: introduce kernel_pread_file* support Scott Branden
2020-02-20  0:48 ` [PATCH v2 2/7] firmware: add offset to request_firmware_into_buf Scott Branden
2020-02-20  1:22   ` Luis Chamberlain
2020-02-21  0:14     ` Scott Branden
2020-02-20  0:48 ` [PATCH v2 3/7] test_firmware: add partial read support for request_firmware_into_buf Scott Branden
2020-02-20  8:42   ` Dan Carpenter
2020-02-21 18:30     ` Scott Branden
2020-02-22  1:13       ` Scott Branden
2020-02-24  8:08         ` Dan Carpenter
2020-02-25 19:11         ` Luis Chamberlain
2020-02-20  0:48 ` [PATCH v2 4/7] firmware: test partial file reads of request_firmware_into_buf Scott Branden
2020-02-20  0:48 ` [PATCH v2 5/7] bcm-vk: add bcm_vk UAPI Scott Branden
2020-02-20  7:50   ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2020-02-21  1:15     ` Scott Branden
2020-02-21  8:34       ` Arnd Bergmann
2020-02-21 18:27         ` Scott Branden
2020-02-21  9:22       ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2020-02-20  0:48 ` [PATCH v2 6/7] misc: bcm-vk: add Broadcom VK driver Scott Branden
2020-02-20  1:04   ` Randy Dunlap
2020-02-21  0:06     ` Scott Branden
2020-02-21  0:21       ` Randy Dunlap
2020-02-20  7:47   ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2020-02-21 18:19     ` Scott Branden [this message]
2020-02-22  8:02       ` Arnd Bergmann
2020-02-23 10:00         ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2020-02-23 23:55         ` Olof Johansson
2020-02-25 22:37           ` Scott Branden
2020-02-20 10:43   ` Dan Carpenter
2020-02-21 18:29     ` Scott Branden
2020-04-17 21:49     ` Scott Branden
2020-04-18 11:45       ` Dan Carpenter
2020-04-18 11:47         ` Dan Carpenter
2020-04-18 17:25           ` Scott Branden
2020-02-22 16:44   ` kbuild test robot
2020-02-22 16:44   ` [RFC PATCH] misc: bcm-vk: image_tab[] can be static kbuild test robot
2020-02-20  0:48 ` [PATCH v2 7/7] MAINTAINERS: bcm-vk: add maintainer for Broadcom VK Driver Scott Branden

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