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From: Stephan Gerhold <stephan@gerhold.net>
To: Loic Poulain <loic.poulain@linaro.org>
Cc: Bjorn Andersson <bjorn.andersson@linaro.org>,
	Aleksander Morgado <aleksander@aleksander.es>,
	Network Development <netdev@vger.kernel.org>,
	linux-remoteproc@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-arm-msm <linux-arm-msm@vger.kernel.org>,
	"David S. Miller" <davem@davemloft.net>,
	Jakub Kicinski <kuba@kernel.org>,
	Ohad Ben-Cohen <ohad@wizery.com>,
	Mathieu Poirier <mathieu.poirier@linaro.org>
Subject: Re: [RFC] Integrate RPMSG/SMD into WWAN subsystem
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2021 12:54:27 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <YL364+xK3mE2FU8a@gerhold.net> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAMZdPi_-Qa=JnThHs_h-144dAfSAjF5s+QdBawdXZ3kk8Mx8ng@mail.gmail.com>

Hi Loic,

On Mon, Jun 07, 2021 at 11:27:07AM +0200, Loic Poulain wrote:
> On Sat, 5 Jun 2021 at 11:25, Stephan Gerhold <stephan@gerhold.net> wrote:
> > On Fri, Jun 04, 2021 at 11:11:45PM +0200, Loic Poulain wrote:
> > > On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 20:20, Stephan Gerhold <stephan@gerhold.net> wrote:
> > > > I've been thinking about creating some sort of "RPMSG" driver for the
> > > > new WWAN subsystem; this would be used as a QMI/AT channel to the
> > > > integrated modem on some older Qualcomm SoCs such as MSM8916 and MSM8974.
> > > >
> > > > It's easy to confuse all the different approaches that Qualcomm has to
> > > > talk to their modems, so I will first try to briefly give an overview
> > > > about those that I'm familiar with:
> > > >
> > > > ---
> > > > There is USB and MHI that are mainly used to talk to "external" modems.
> > > >
> > > > For the integrated modems in many Qualcomm SoCs there is typically
> > > > a separate control and data path. They are not really related to each
> > > > other (e.g. currently no common parent device in sysfs).
> > > >
> > > > For the data path (network interface) there is "IPA" (drivers/net/ipa)
> > > > on newer SoCs or "BAM-DMUX" on some older SoCs (e.g. MSM8916/MSM8974).
> > > > I have a driver for BAM-DMUX that I hope to finish up and submit soon.
> > > >
> > > > The connection is set up via QMI. The messages are either sent via
> > > > a shared RPMSG channel (net/qrtr sockets in Linux) or via standalone
> > > > SMD/RPMSG channels (e.g. "DATA5_CNTL" for QMI and "DATA1" for AT).
> > > >
> > > > This gives a lot of possible combinations like BAM-DMUX+RPMSG
> > > > (MSM8916, MSM8974), or IPA+QRTR (SDM845) but also other funny
> > > > combinations like IPA+RPMSG (MSM8994) or BAM-DMUX+QRTR (MSM8937).
> > > >
> > > > Simply put, supporting all these in userspace like ModemManager
> > > > is a mess (Aleksander can probably confirm).
> > > > It would be nice if this could be simplified through the WWAN subsystem.
> > > >
> > > > It's not clear to me if or how well QRTR sockets can be mapped to a char
> > > > device for the WWAN subsystem, so for now I'm trying to focus on the
> > > > standalone RPMSG approach (for MSM8916, MSM8974, ...).
> > > > ---
> > > >
> > > > Currently ModemManager uses the RPMSG channels via the rpmsg-chardev
> > > > (drivers/rpmsg/rpmsg_char.c). It wasn't my idea to use it like this,
> > > > I just took that over from someone else. Realistically speaking, the
> > > > current approach isn't too different from the UCI "backdoor interface"
> > > > approach that was rejected for MHI...
> > > >
> > > > I kind of expected that I can just trivially copy some code from
> > > > rpmsg_char.c into a WWAN driver since they both end up as a simple char
> > > > device. But it looks like the abstractions in wwan_core are kind of
> > > > getting in the way here... As far as I can tell, they don't really fit
> > > > together with the RPMSG interface.
> > > >
> > > > For example there is rpmsg_send(...) (blocking) and rpmsg_trysend(...)
> > > > (non-blocking) and even a rpmsg_poll(...) [1] but I don't see a way to
> > > > get notified when the TX queue is full or no longer full so I can call
> > > > wwan_port_txon/off().
> > > >
> > > > Any suggestions or other thoughts?
> > >
> > > It would be indeed nice to get this in the WWAN framework.
> > > I don't know much about rpmsg but I think it is straightforward for
> > > the RX path, the ept_cb can simply forward the buffers to
> > > wwan_port_rx.
> >
> > Right, that part should be straightforward.
> >
> > > For tx, simply call rpmsg_trysend() in the wwan tx
> > > callback and don't use the txon/off helpers. In short, keep it simple
> > > and check if you observe any issues.
> > >
> >
> > I'm not sure that's a good idea. This sounds like exactly the kind of
> > thing that might explode later just because I don't manage to get the
> > TX queue full in my tests. In that case, writing to the WWAN char dev
> > would not block, even if O_NONBLOCK is not set.
> 
> Right, if you think it could be a problem, you can always implement a
> more complex solution like calling rpmsg_send from a
> workqueue/kthread, and only re-enable tx once rpmsg_send returns.
> 

I did run into trouble when I tried to stream lots of data into the WWAN
char device (e.g. using dd). However, in practice (with ModemManager) 
I did not manage to cause such issues yet. Personally, I think it's
something we should get right, just to avoid trouble later
(like "modem suddenly stops working").

Right now I extended the WWAN port ops a bit so I tells me if the write
should be non-blocking or blocking and so I can call rpmsg_poll(...).

But having some sort of workqueue also sounds like it could work quite
well, thanks for the suggestion! Will think about it some more, or
I might post what I have right now so you can take a look.

> >
> > But I think you're right that it's probably easiest if I start with
> > that, see if I can get anything working at all ...
> >
> > > And for sure you can propose changes in the WWAN framework if you
> > > think something is missing to support your specific case.
> > >
> >
> > ... and then we can discuss that further on a RFC PATCH or something
> > like that. Does that sound good to you?
> 
> Yes, you can submit the series, no need to be RFC IMHO, this thread is
> already your RFC.
> 

I kind of see "RFC" like a "I'm not sure if the approach taken here is
really a good idea" and my current patch set currently still fits that
criteria. But at the end it's just a strange prefix for the mail subject
so it shouldn't matter too much. :)

Thanks!
Stephan

  reply	other threads:[~2021-06-07 10:54 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-06-02 18:20 Stephan Gerhold
2021-06-04 21:11 ` Loic Poulain
2021-06-05  9:25   ` Stephan Gerhold
2021-06-07  9:27     ` Loic Poulain
2021-06-07 10:54       ` Stephan Gerhold [this message]
2021-06-07 11:23         ` Toke Høiland-Jørgensen
2021-06-07 11:44           ` Stephan Gerhold
2021-06-07 12:16             ` Loic Poulain
2021-06-07 12:48               ` Stephan Gerhold
2021-06-15  9:03                 ` Loic Poulain
2021-06-08 11:30             ` Toke Høiland-Jørgensen

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