[PATCH 03/11] ath10k_sdio: DMA bounce buffers for read write

Arend van Spriel arend.vanspriel at broadcom.com
Wed Dec 27 10:49:11 PST 2017

On 12/25/2017 1:26 PM, Alagu Sankar wrote:
> On 2017-12-22 21:38, Kalle Valo wrote:
>> silexcommon at gmail.com writes:
>>> From: Alagu Sankar <alagusankar at silex-india.com>
>>> Some SD host controllers still need bounce buffers for SDIO data
>>> transfers. While the transfers worked fine on x86 platforms,
>>> this is found to be required for i.MX6 based systems.
>>> Changes are similar to and derived from the ath6kl sdio driver.
>>> Signed-off-by: Alagu Sankar <alagusankar at silex-india.com>
>> Why is the bounce buffer needed exactly, what are the symptoms etc? To
>> me this sounds like an ugly workaround for a SDIO controller driver bug.
> We faced problems with i.MX6. The authentication frame sent by the
> driver never reached the air. The host driver accepted the buffer, but
> did not send out the packet to the sdio module. No errors reported
> anywhere, but the buffer is not accepted due to alignment. The same
> driver however works fine without bounce buffer on x86 platform with
> stdhci drivers. To make it compliant with all host controllers, we
> introduced the bounce buffers, similar to what was done in ath6kl_sdio
> drivers.

As mentioned by Adrian the comment from Kalle is that you are solving an 
issue caused by the sdio host controller. Although strictly speaking it 
may not be a driver bug, but a requirement of the host controller 
hardware. Either way it seems the obvious place to solve this is in the 
sdio host controller driver to which the issue applies. Or make it a 
generic quirk which can be enabled for sdio host controller drivers that 
need it. However, there may reasons to do it in the networking driver. 
For instance, the buffer you want to transfer might be the data buffer 
of an sk_buff you got from the networking stack and you want to have a 
zero-copy solution towards the wireless device.

Your solution checks for 4-byte alignment which is a requirement for 
ADMA as per SDIO spec. However, I have come across host controllers 
which have different alignment requirements. Also when 
CONFIG_ARCH_DMA_ADDR_T_64BIT is enabled the alignment changes from 4 to 
8 bytes. So it seems you are solving a specific case you have come 
across, but you may want to design for more flexibility.

Hope this helps.


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