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SubjectRe: [RFC v2 1/2] dma-buf: Introduce dma buffer sharing mechanism
On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 7:44 AM, Rob Clark <> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 7:34 PM, InKi Dae <> wrote:
>> 2012/1/10 Rob Clark <>:
>> at least with no IOMMU, the memory information(containing physical
>> memory address) would be copied to vb2_xx_buf object if drm gem
>> exported its own buffer and vb2 wants to use that buffer at this time,
>> sg table is used to share that buffer. and the problem I pointed out
>> is that this buffer(also physical memory region) could be released by
>> vb2 framework(as you know, vb2_xx_buf object and the memory region for
>> buf->dma_addr pointing) but the Exporter(drm gem) couldn't know that
>> so some problems would be induced once drm gem tries to release or
>> access that buffer. and I have tried to resolve this issue adding
>> get_shared_cnt() callback to dma-buf.h but I'm not sure that this is
>> good way. maybe there would be better way.
Hi Inki,
As also mentioned in the documentation patch, importer (the user of
the buffer) - in this case for current RFC patches on
v4l2-as-a-user[1] vb2 framework - shouldn't release the backing memory
of the buffer directly - it should only use the dma-buf callbacks in
the right sequence to let the exporter know that it is done using this
buffer, so the exporter can release it if allowed and needed.
> the exporter (in this case your driver's drm/gem bits) shouldn't
> release that mapping / sgtable until the importer (in this case v4l2)
> calls dma_buf_unmap fxn..
> It would be an error if the importer did a dma_buf_put() without first
> calling dma_buf_unmap_attachment() (if currently mapped) and then
> dma_buf_detach() (if currently attached).  Perhaps somewhere there
> should be some sanity checking debug code which could be enabled to do
> a WARN_ON() if the importer does the wrong thing.  It shouldn't really
> be part of the API, I don't think, but it actually does seem like a
> good thing, esp. as new drivers start trying to use dmabuf, to have
> some debug options which could be enabled.
> It is entirely possible that something was missed on the vb2 patches,
> but the way it is intended to work is like this:
> where it does a detach() before the dma_buf_put(), and the vb2-contig
> backend checks here that it is also unmapped():

The proposed RFC for V4L2 adaptation at [1] does exactly the same
thing; detach() before dma_buf_put(), and check in vb2-contig backend
for unmapped() as mentioned above.

> BR,
> -R

[1]: V4l2 as a dma-buf user RFC:
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