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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 02/22] dt-bindings: arm: add support for ARM System Control and Management Interface(SCMI) protocol
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On 05/10/17 12:56, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 4:47 PM, Sudeep Holla <sudeep.holla@arm.com> wrote:
>> On 04/10/17 15:17, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>>> On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 3:53 PM, Sudeep Holla <sudeep.holla@arm.com> wrote:
>>>> On 04/10/17 13:35, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>>>>> On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 1:07 PM, Sudeep Holla <sudeep.holla@arm.com> wrote:
>
>>> There are probably several ways of doing this better, we should see
>>> what the best is we can come up with.
>>>
>>> I think generally speaking we need a way for a mailbox user to
>>> know what it should use as the mailbox data here, so it is
>>> able to talk to different incompatible mailbox providers.
>>>
>>> One idea I had is to use a nested mailbox driver, that turns
>>> a doorbell or single-register styled mailbox into a variable-length
>>> mailbox by adding a memory region, like
>>>
>>> mailbox@1233000 {
>>> compatible = "vendor-hardware-specifc-id";
>>> interrupts = <34>;
>>> reg = <0x1233000 0x100>;
>>> #mbox-cells = <1>;
>>> };
>>>
>>> mailbox {
>>> compatible = "shmem-mailbox";
>>> mboxes = <&/mailbox@1233000 25>;
>>> #mbox-cells = <1>;
>>> shmem = <&cpu_scp_lpri &cpu_scp_hpri>;
>>> };
>>>
>>> This would create one mailbox that only takes a register argument,
>>> and another one that can take longer messages based on the first.
>>> In your driver, you then refer to the second one and pass the
>>> variable-length data into that directly.
>>
>> 1. IIUC it was intentional not to include shmem as part of mailbox
>> controller binding and was pushed to client drivers as it's generally
>> not part of mailbox IP block. I am not sure if there are any other
>> specific reasons for that, but I may be missing some facts.
>
> Ok, I see.
>
>> 2. I am not sure if we need nested driver/bindings (at-least to begin
>> with). On a platform I don't think both/all modes will be used.
>> I had proposal for adding doorbell for ARM MHU based on extended
>> bindings, but it was rejected[1]. But I really preferred that over
>> the shim layer I had to add in v3.
>
> Maybe we can come up with a more generic way to do doorbells
> on top of mailboxes instead? This sounds like a problem that
> would come back with other drivers, so the MHU-specific shim
> will not be a permanent solution either.
>

I completely agree. I have seen few drivers that just implement
doorbells in their controller. I will check them in details again.

--
Regards,
Sudeep

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