[PATCH V3 02/19] memory: tegra: Add MC flush support

Jon Hunter jonathanh at nvidia.com
Mon Jul 20 01:46:02 PDT 2015

On 17/07/15 12:31, Thierry Reding wrote:
> * PGP Signed by an unknown key
> On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 01:20:49PM +0300, Peter De Schrijver wrote:
>> On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 11:57:55AM +0200, Thierry Reding wrote:
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>>> On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 01:39:40PM +0100, Jon Hunter wrote:
>>>> The Tegra memory controller implements a flush feature to flush pending
>>>> accesses and prevent further accesses from occurring. This feature is
>>>> used when powering down IP blocks to ensure the IP block is in a good
>>>> state. The flushes are organised by software groups and IP blocks are
>>>> assigned in hardware to the different software groups. Add helper
>>>> functions for requesting a handle to an MC flush for a given
>>>> software group and enabling/disabling the MC flush itself.
>>>> This is based upon a change by Vince Hsu <vinceh at nvidia.com>.
>>>> Signed-off-by: Jon Hunter <jonathanh at nvidia.com>
>>>> ---
>>>>  drivers/memory/tegra/mc.c | 110 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>>>  drivers/memory/tegra/mc.h |   2 +
>>>>  include/soc/tegra/mc.h    |  34 ++++++++++++++
>>>>  3 files changed, 146 insertions(+)
>>> Do we know if this is actually necessary? I remember having a discussion
>>> with Arnd Bergmann a while ago, and the Linux driver model kind of
>>> assumes that by the time a device is disabled all outstanding accesses
>>> will have stopped.
>>> Do we have a way to determine that this even makes a difference? Can we
>>> trigger a case where not doing this would cause breakage and see that
>>> adding this fixes that particular issue?
>> Most likely it is. The memory controller can still be processing requests
>> when the peripheral domain is powergated. This would mean the response cannot
>> be delivered in that case. So we need to be sure there are no outstanding
>> requests before shutting down the domain.
> My point is that that's the driver's responsibility anyway, hence making
> the explicit flush unnecessary.

I see your point and it is interesting. The trouble is that we would
need to test every memory client in every power domain to prove this. So
I don't think that is a trivial thing to do. Furthermore, looking at
what we have done in kernel used for android products (which probably
stress PM the most) this is done and so I don't know of any shipping
product that stresses PM that does not do this. May be someone else
might. I personally would not be comfortable removing this without
testing, but as I mentioned it is not a trivial thing to test correctly.
However, I will let you and the other maintainers decide what's best here.


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