[RFC PATCH 1/2] of: Add generic device tree DMA helpers

Cousson, Benoit b-cousson at ti.com
Wed Feb 1 05:50:30 EST 2012

Hi Russell,

On 2/1/2012 12:09 AM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 11:06:02AM -0700, Grant Likely wrote:
>> This makes the assumption that dma specifiers will only ever be 1
>> cell.  I think to be generally useful, the full dma specifier needs to
>> be either handed to the dma controller to get a cookie or passed back
>> to the caller in its entirety.
> More to the point, who says that the DMA specifier is even an integer?
> When people are using DMA engines, it (probably) isn't an integer at
> all.  Several platforms I know of use strings for this.
> Some platforms can even select between two or more DMA engines for
> handling the same peripheral - I believe Samsung do this depending
> on their individual workloads.
> However, the opaque DMA engine API for requesting a channel doesn't
> lend itself well to DT, as the match data and match function are
> entirely left to the individual DMA engine driver and/or platform
> itself.
> As far as creating another linear number space for DMA stuff, I'd
> really suggest against that - you're going to need some additional
> code in place to manage that numberspace.  If you at least use a two-
> paid cookie, eg 'dma controller phandle + request signal' then that
> makes all the stuff we're starting to see with the IRQ subsystem,
> IRQ domains etc become completely unnecessary.
> I guess what I'm saying is ignore the flat number space, and go
> straight to some kind of 'dma domains' solution from the start.

Fully agree, and this is exactly the idea of this DMA binding: First 
argument is always a DMA controller phandle and then you can add 0, 1 or 
more cells to define extra specifiers dependent of the DMA controller 
driver expectation. The one cell Grant was referring was just the extra 
specifier that is needed for a simple DMA engine like the SDMA we have 
inside OMAP. But the whole idea is to have a flexible enough mechanism 
to allow any kind of specifier.

No more global linear number space like for IRQ!


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