[PATCH 10/14] PCI: tegra: Move PCIe driver to drivers/pci/host

Thierry Reding thierry.reding at avionic-design.de
Tue Jan 15 16:14:41 EST 2013

On Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 03:40:38PM +0000, Andrew Murray wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 12:44:12PM +0000, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > On Tuesday 15 January 2013, Thierry Reding wrote:
> > > I'm not sure I follow you're reasoning here. Is it possible to use MSIs
> > > without PCI? If not then I think there's little sense in keeping the
> > > implementations separate.
> > 
> > Conceptually, you can use MSI for any device, but the Linux interfaces
> > for MSI are tied to PCI. If you use an MSI controller for a non-PCI
> > device, it would probably just appear as a regular interrupt controller.
> > 
> > > Furthermore, if MSI controller and PCI host bridge are separate entities
> > > how do you look up the MSI controller given a PCI device?
> > 
> > The host bridge can contain a pointer ot the MSI controller. You can
> > have multiple host bridges sharing a single MSI controller or you
> > can have separate ones for each host.
> Yes and I hoped this relationship would be described by a device tree phandle
> as is done for relating devices to their interrupt-parent (where device trees
> are used). This would provide (arguably unnecessarily) greater flexibility,
> e.g. if you have two PCI/MSI controller pairs, the MSIs only offer limited MSIs
> and you only use one PCI fabric - you could service different parts of the
> fabric by different MSI controllers (assuming you relate MSI controllers to
> part of the fabric and that you'd want to). Perhaps there would be benefits for
> virtualisation as well?

Is there actually hardware that supports this? I assumed that the MSI
controller would have to be tightly coupled to the PCI host bridge in
order to raise an interrupt when an MSI is received via PCI.

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