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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mmc: Move the mmc driver init earlier
Hi Ulf,

Thanks for the review.

On Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 08:25:44AM +0200, Ulf Hansson wrote:
> On 8 June 2018 at 11:51, Feng Tang <feng.tang@intel.com> wrote:
> > When doing some boot time optimization for an eMMC rootfs NUCs,
> > we found the rootfs may spend around 100 microseconds waiting
> > for eMMC card to be initialized, then the rootfs could be
> > mounted.
> > [ 1.216561] Waiting for root device /dev/mmcblk1p1...
> > [ 1.289262] mmc1: new HS400 MMC card at address 0001
> > [ 1.289667] mmcblk1: mmc1:0001 R1J56L 14.7 GiB
> > [ 1.289772] mmcblk1boot0: mmc1:0001 R1J56L partition 1 8.00 MiB
> > [ 1.289869] mmcblk1boot1: mmc1:0001 R1J56L partition 2 8.00 MiB
> > [ 1.289967] mmcblk1rpmb: mmc1:0001 R1J56L partition 3 4.00 MiB
> > [ 1.292798] mmcblk1: p1 p2 p3
> > [ 1.300576] EXT4-fs (mmcblk1p1): couldn't mount as ext3 due to feature incompatibilities
> > [ 1.300912] EXT4-fs (mmcblk1p1): couldn't mount as ext2 due to feature incompatibilities
> >
> > And this is a common problem for smartphones, tablets, embedded
> > devices and automotive products. This patch will make the eMMC/SD
> > card start initializing earlier, by changing its order in drivers/Makefile.
> >
> > On our platform, the waiting for eMMC card is almost eliminated with the patch,
> > which is critical to boot time.
>
> I am wondering what kernel version you are running here. There have
> been some changes to the mmc initialization path, which perhaps can
> help.
These logs in commit msg are based on kernel 4.14, and the patch is generated
against kernel 4.17.

>
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Feng Tang <feng.tang@intel.com>
> > ---
> > drivers/Makefile | 4 +++-
> > 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/drivers/Makefile b/drivers/Makefile
> > index 24cd47014657..c473afd3c688 100644
> > --- a/drivers/Makefile
> > +++ b/drivers/Makefile
> > @@ -50,6 +50,9 @@ obj-$(CONFIG_REGULATOR) += regulator/
> > # reset controllers early, since gpu drivers might rely on them to initialize
> > obj-$(CONFIG_RESET_CONTROLLER) += reset/
> >
> > +# put mmc early as many morden devices use emm/sd card as rootfs storage
> > +obj-y += mmc/
> > +
>
> Your suggested approach isn't really a solution, as it may work for
> your particular case but not for everybody else.

Do you mean the patch may break some platforms? Yes, I only tested on
some IA based NUCs, and I did think about other architectures, things
that may affect MMC are gpio/clk/pinctrl, and those are still earlier
than mmc after change.

Thanks,
Feng

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