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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] xhci: fix usb3 streams
On Wed, 16 Oct 2013, Sarah Sharp wrote:

> > > xhci maintains a radix tree for each stream endpoint because it must
> > > be able to map a trb address to the stream ring. Each ring segment
> > > must be added to the ring for this to work. Currently xhci sticks
> > > only the first segment of each stream ring into the radix tree.

> > There may be a simpler approach to this problem.
> >
> > When using a new ring segment, keep the first TRB entry in reserve.
> > Don't put a normal TRB in there, instead leave it as a no-op entry
> > containing a pointer to the stream ring. (Make the prior Link TRB
> > point to the second entry in the new segment instead of the first.)
> >
> > Then you won't have to add to or remove anything from the radix tree.
>
> I don't understand how this would help. Are you advocating a different
> way of mapping TRB DMA addresses to stream rings that would allow us to
> ditch the radix tree all together?
>
> Ok, so with your solution, we have a virtual stream ring pointer as the
> first TRB of the segment. We get an event with the DMA address of a TRB
> in one of many stream rings on an endpoint. From that, I think we can
> infer the DMA address of the first TRB on the segment, due to the
> alignment requirements and ring size.
>
> And then what do we do with that? We don't have the virtual address of
> that first TRB, so the xHCI driver can't read the ring pointer from it.
> I'm confused as to what the next steps would be to solve this.

My mistake; I misunderstood the original description of the problem.
I didn't realize that "map a trb address" referred to the TRB's DMA
address.

BTW, ohci-hcd faces the same problem (of mapping DMA addresses to
kernel addresses). It solves the problem with a hash table rather than
a radix tree.

Alan Stern



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