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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 01/10] ARM: davinci: move private EDMA API to arm/common
On 02/04/2013 04:11 PM, Linus Walleij wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 9:33 PM, Mark Brown
> <broonie@opensource.wolfsonmicro.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 04, 2013 at 09:29:46PM +0100, Linus Walleij wrote:
>>> On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 8:22 PM, Cyril Chemparathy <cyril@ti.com> wrote:
>>
>>>> Based on our experience with fitting multiple subsystems on top of this
>>>> DMA-Engine driver, I must say that the DMA-Engine interface has proven
>>>> to be a less than ideal fit for the network driver use case.
>>
>>>> The first problem is that the DMA-Engine interface expects to "push"
>>>> completed traffic up into the upper layer as a part of its callback.
>>>> This doesn't fit cleanly with NAPI, which expects to "pull" completed
>>>> traffic from below in the NAPI poll. We've somehow kludged together a
>>>> solution around this, but it isn't very elegant.
>>
>>> I cannot understand the actual technical problem from the above
>>> paragraphs though. dmaengine doesn't have a concept of pushing
>>> nor polling, it basically copies streams of words from A to B, where
>>> A/B can be a device or a buffer, nothing else.
>>
>>> The thing you're looking for sounds more like an adapter on top
>>> of dmaengine, which can surely be constructed, some
>>> drivers/dma/dmaengine-napi.c or whatever.
>>
>> Broadly speaking what NAPI wants is to never get any callbacks from the
>> hardware (or DMAs). It wants to wake up periodically, take a look at
>> what packets have been read by the hardware and process them. The goal
>> is to have the DMAs sitting and running without disturbing the processor
>> at all after the first packet has been handled.
>
> OK we should definately be able to encompass that in dmaengine
> quite easily.
>
> So I think the above concerns are moot. The callback we can
> set on cookies is entirely optional, and it's even implemented by
> each DMA engine, and some may not even support it but *require*
> polling, and then it won't even be implemented by the driver.
>
> Which probably stems from the original design of the dmaengine
> API, which was for TCP networking acceleration, mainly.
>
> Cyril, just stack up the cookies and take a sweep over them to see
> which ones are baked when the NAPI poll comes in -> problem
> solved.
>

You're assuming that cookies complete in order. That is not necessarily
true.

Thanks
-- Cyril.


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