[PATCH v6 3/4] drivers: of: add initialization code for dma reserved memory
tomasz.figa at gmail.com
Mon Aug 19 18:24:20 EDT 2013
On Monday 19 of August 2013 16:17:30 Stephen Warren wrote:
> On 08/19/2013 04:02 PM, Tomasz Figa wrote:
> > Hi Stephen,
> > On Monday 19 of August 2013 15:49:20 Stephen Warren wrote:
> >> On 08/19/2013 09:04 AM, Marek Szyprowski wrote:
> >>> This patch adds device tree support for contiguous and reserved
> >>> memory
> >>> regions defined in device tree.
> >>> diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/memory.txt
> >>> b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/memory.txt
> >>> +*** Reserved memory regions ***
> >>> +
> >>> +In /memory/reserved-memory node one can create additional nodes
> >> s/additional/child/ or s/additional/sub/ would make it clearer where
> >> the "additional" nodes should be placed.
> >>> +compatible: "linux,contiguous-memory-region" - enables binding
> > of
> >>> this
> >>> + region to Contiguous Memory Allocator (special region for
> >>> + contiguous memory allocations, shared with movable system
> >>> + memory, Linux kernel-specific), alternatively if
> >>> + "reserved-memory-region" - compatibility is defined, given
> >>> + region is assigned for exclusive usage for by the
> > respective
> >>> + devices
> >> "alternatively" makes it sound like the two compatible values are
> >> mutually-exclusive. Perhaps make this a list, like:
> >> ----------
> >> compatible: One or more of:
> >> - "linux,contiguous-memory-region" - enables binding of this
> >> region to Contiguous Memory Allocator (special region for
> >> contiguous memory allocations, shared with movable system
> >> memory, Linux kernel-specific).
> >> - "reserved-memory-region" - compatibility is defined, given
> >> region is assigned for exclusive usage for by the respective
> >> devices.
> >> ----------
> >> "linux,contiguous-memory-region" is already long enough, but I'd
> >> slightly bikeshed towards "linux,contiguous-memory-allocator-region",
> >> or perhaps "linux,cma-region" since it's not really describing
> >> whether the memory is contiguous (at the level of /memory, each
> >> chunk of memory is contiguous...)
> > I'm not really sure if we need the "linux" prefix for
> > "contiguous-memory- region". The concept of contiguous memory region
> > is rather OS independent and tells us that memory allocated from this
> > region will be contiguous. IMHO any OS is free to implement its own
> > contiguous memory allocation method, without being limited to Linux
> > CMA.
> > Keep in mind that rationale behind those contiguous regions was that
> > there are devices that require buffers contiguous in memory to
> > operate correctly.
> > But this is just nitpicking and I don't really have any strong opinion
> > on this.
> >>> +*** Device node's properties ***
> >>> +
> >>> +Once regions in the /memory/reserved-memory node have been defined,
> >>> they +can be assigned to device nodes to enable respective device
> >>> drivers to +access them. The following properties are defined:
> >>> +
> >>> +memory-region = <&phandle_to_defined_region>;
> >> I think the naming of that property should more obviously match this
> >> binding and/or compatible value; perhaps cma-region or
> >> contiguous-memory-region?
> > This property is not CMA-specific. Any memory region can be given
> > using
> > the memory-region property and used to allocate buffers for particular
> > device.
> OK, that makes sense.
> What I'm looking for is some way to make it obvious that when you see a
> "memory-region" property in a node, you go look at the "memory.txt"
> rather than the DT binding for the node where that property appears.
> Right now, it doesn't seem that obvious to me.
> I think the real issue here is that my brief reading of memory.txt
> implies that arbitrary device nodes can include the memory-region
> property without the node's own binding having to document it; the
> property name is essentially "forced into" all other bindings.
> I think instead, memory.txt should say:
> ** Device node's properties ***
> Once regions in the /memory/reserved-memory node have been defined, they
> may be referenced by other device nodes. Bindings that wish to
> reference memory regions should explicitly document their use of the
> following property:
> memory-region = <&phandle_to_defined_region>;
> This property indicates that the device driver should use the memory
> region pointed by the given phandle.
> Also, what if a device needs multiple separate memory regions? Perhaps a
> GPU is forced to allocate displayable surfaces from addresses 0..32M
> and textures/off-screen-render-targets from 256M..384M or something
> whacky like that. In that case, we could either:
> a) Adjust memory.txt to allow multiple entries in memory-regions, and
> add an associated memory-region-names property.
> b) Adjust memory.txt not to mention any specific property names, but
> simply mention that other DT nodes can refer to define memory regions by
> phandle, and leave it up to individual bindings to define which
> property they use to reference the memory regions, perhaps with
> memory.txt providing a recommendation of memory-region for the simple
> case, but perhaps also allowing a custom case, e.g.:
> display-memory-region = <&phandl1e1>;
> texture-memory-region = <&phahndle2>;
Well, such setup simply cannot be handled by Linux today, as one device
(aka one struct device) can only have one memory region bound to it. So
this is not something we can implement today.
I agree that the device tree should be able to describe such
configurations, though, but I'm not sure if this should be done from this
IMHO the concept of memport (or bus master) can be used to represent cases
when multiple parts of an IP have different requirements for memory they
work with. This is what Marek's patches adjusting MFC bindings to use
memory-regions are also about.
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