[PATCH v2 4/7] ARM: davinci: Add support for an L3RAM gen_pool

Matt Porter mporter at ti.com
Tue Oct 2 12:20:31 EDT 2012

On Tue, Oct 02, 2012 at 04:43:59PM +0530, Sekhar Nori wrote:
> On 10/1/2012 7:20 PM, Ben Gardiner wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 8:32 AM, Matt Porter <mporter at ti.com> wrote:
> >> On Mon, Oct 01, 2012 at 05:34:02PM +0530, Sekhar Nori wrote:
> >>> Hi Matt,
> >>>
> >>> On 9/29/2012 1:07 AM, Matt Porter wrote:
> >>>> L3RAM (shared SRAM) is needed for use by several drivers.
> >>>> This creates a genalloc pool and a hook for the platform code
> >>>> to provide the struct gen_pool * in platform data.
> >>>>
> >>>> Signed-off-by: Matt Porter <mporter at ti.com>
> >>>
> >>> I am not sure if any of the DaVinci devices have a need to allocate from
> >>> *both* ARM RAM and shared RAM. Shared RAM is not present on all DaVinci
> >>> devices AFAIR, and on DA850, there is just 8KB ARM RAM so I am not sure
> >>> if there is much point in trying to allocate from there.
> >>>
> >>> Can you instead see if Ben's earlier patch[1] to use shared RAM for SRAM
> >>> allocation on DA850 makes sense for your case? If yes, can you repost
> >>> with Ben's patch included in your series instead of this patch? I would
> >>> prefer that over creating a new pool for shared RAM.
> >>
> >> Hrm, I did look at Ben's earlier patch. The reason I added a separate
> >> pool mostly was so I didn't have to touch the PM code at all. That can
> >> continue using the private SRAM API with the ARM RAM as it is now. The
> >> idea here was to allow that to be separate since no other bus masters
> >> can access the ARM RAM anyway and do something that didn't require
> >> regression testing PM. Also, I figured there's really no reason to use
> >> even a tiny bit of the shared SRAM on PM if we have that ARM RAM there
> >> and working fine for that use case.
> >> [...]
> > 
> > I agree with Matt. Preserving the use of the ARM RAM (8K on L138 -- as
> > you said, Sekhar) in any fashion is preferable to moving suspend
> > support into shared RAM. There is more of it (128K on L138) but also
> > more pressure on allocations there since there are more clients.
> There is where I would like to see more information on who the potential
> clients are. Even if DSP takes away 64K of the shared RAM on OMAP-L138,
> there should be more than enough for PM, Audio and PRU. I haven't
> checked the PM code size lately but it should be fairly small and I can
> check the actual number if that helps. So, adding a new pool just to
> save on those bytes doesn't sound like helping a lot.

The only wildcard is PRU usage due to the small per-PRU memory on PRUss
v1...though no sense in speculating further until somebody demonstrates a

> > I appreciate that you are trying to preserve prior efforts in
> > attempted merging of SRAM support -- thank you for that; however, that
> > patch [1] was just an import of Subashish Ghosh's patch [2]  -- I
> > chose _that_ implementation option then mainly because I imagined it
> > would be the least risky to get accepted upstream and not because of
> > any particular technical merits.
> Its not a question of prior effort since Matt has already put in the
> effort too. I am yet unconvinced that we need to add support to manage
> two blocks of SoC internal RAM on DA850 in the kernel today. That's all.

Yeah, I've come to agree with that. If somebody ends up needing that
extra 8K of local ram on L138 then they can add support.


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