[PATCH 02/11] ARM: OMAP3: Fix idle mode signaling for sys_clkreq and sys_off_mode

Tony Lindgren tony at atomide.com
Fri Apr 18 10:48:55 PDT 2014

* Grazvydas Ignotas <notasas at gmail.com> [140416 06:58]:
> On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 1:56 AM, Tony Lindgren <tony at atomide.com> wrote:
> > * Grazvydas Ignotas <notasas at gmail.com> [140414 15:51]:
> >> On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 2:47 AM, Tony Lindgren <tony at atomide.com> wrote:
> >> > @@ -282,6 +283,7 @@ void omap_sram_idle(void)
> >> >
> >> >         /* CORE */
> >> >         if (core_next_state < PWRDM_POWER_ON) {
> >> > +               omap3_vc_set_pmic_signaling(core_next_state);
> >>
> >> I wonder how is it going to affect latencies, adding stuff to suspend
> >> path hurts things like NAND transfers, which consist of lots of small
> >> blocks with an interrupt after each..
> >
> > For most part this is the completely idle path, so there should
> > not be much of hurry. Most devices should already block the deeper
> > idle states for the devices listed in cm_idlest_per, cm_idlest1_core
> > and cm_idlest3_core registers. So it should be mostly automatic with
> > runtime PM.
> >
> > No idea what happens with GPMC though for NAND transfers :) Might
> > be worth checking.
> What happens there is that the interrupt arrives shortly after the
> transfer was issued, but arm_pm_idle() would already be entered and
> interrupts disabled, so it then has to go through all those slow
> register accesses in omap_sram_idle(), which is just useless work in
> such particular case (WFI will just return) and cause interrupt
> response latency and loss of throughput. But this is mostly a problem
> caused by pwrdm_pre_transition() and pwrdm_post_transition() calls
> (they were optimized a bit at one point but later reverted),
> core_next_state would probably stay ON and your function wouldn't be
> called here, yes.

OK. There may be a way to block idle state transitions with runtime
PM or CPUidle in general to avoid that.

Ideally the NAND driver would use DMA for transferring the data from
the memory mapped buffer with cyclic DMA triggered by the external DMA
request pins sys_ndmareq[0..5] if they are wired. Then the DMA would
keep system from hitting any deeper idle states automatically. But that
might quite a project to debug and implement :)

And I don't know if cyclic DMA is supported for NAND, there may be
various things to check between transferring each block. But in theory
at least onenNAND should be able to use the cyclic DMA transfers.



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