[PATCH V2 6/6] spi/spi-pl022: Request/free DMA channels as and when required.
jassisinghbrar at gmail.com
Wed Aug 10 06:48:42 EDT 2011
On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux
<linux at arm.linux.org.uk> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 03:39:28PM +0530, Jassi Brar wrote:
>> On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM, viresh kumar <viresh.kumar at st.com> wrote:
>> > On 08/10/2011 02:30 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
>> >>> > They must be allocated when they are required and must be freed after we are
>> >>> > done with transfers. So that they can be used by other users.
>> >> Which DMA engine driver requires this?
>> > dw_dmac.c
>> >> Normally, when we have DMA engine drivers with multiple request signals,
>> >> the slave peripheral side publishes several virtual channels which are
>> >> claimed by the peripheral drivers. This (amongst other things) allows
>> >> the peripheral drivers to hold claim to one of the virtual channels
>> >> all the time that it's required.
>> > If users of DMA expect DMA engine drivers to work this way, then we should
>> > have this mentioned clearly in DMA slave documentation.
>> The requirement stems from the fact that most DMACs(esp third party) could be
>> made to reroute req-signals by the platform, it has not much to do with the API.
>> IMO, all dmac drivers should be implemented that way to be on the safer side.
> No it isn't. It's to do with how the physical channels are used.
IMO, a dmac driver developer sees only two aspects - "virtual channel"
at frontend and
"ReqSig/PhyChan" management at the backend. While ReqSig and Physical Channels
are different h/w entities, the driver developer usually works having
tied them together.
For ex, PL330 has 8 physical channels(ARM calls them threads) and 32
where as the dmac driver freely allocates 32 virtual channels and
keeps in mind that only 8 peripheral
interfaces can be active at any time.
So I am unable to see how I said something different that you do.
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