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SubjectRe: [Linux-nvdimm] [PATCH 04/21] nd: create an 'nd_bus' from an 'nfit_desc'
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On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 9:39 AM, Toshi Kani <toshi.kani@hp.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 2015-04-21 at 13:35 -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 12:55 PM, Toshi Kani <toshi.kani@hp.com> wrote:
>> > On Tue, 2015-04-21 at 12:58 -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
>> >> On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 12:35 PM, Toshi Kani <toshi.kani@hp.com> wrote:
>> >> > On Fri, 2015-04-17 at 21:35 -0400, Dan Williams wrote:
>> >> > :
>> >> >> +
>> >> >> +static int nd_mem_init(struct nd_bus *nd_bus)
>> >> >> +{
>> >> >> + struct nd_spa *nd_spa;
>> >> >> +
>> >> >> + /*
>> >> >> + * For each SPA-DCR address range find its corresponding
>> >> >> + * MEMDEV(s). From each MEMDEV find the corresponding DCR.
>> >> >> + * Then, try to find a SPA-BDW and a corresponding BDW that
>> >> >> + * references the DCR. Throw it all into an nd_mem object.
>> >> >> + * Note, that BDWs are optional.
>> >> >> + */
>> >> >> + list_for_each_entry(nd_spa, &nd_bus->spas, list) {
>> >> >> + u16 spa_index = readw(&nd_spa->nfit_spa->spa_index);
>> >> >> + int type = nfit_spa_type(nd_spa->nfit_spa);
>> >> >> + struct nd_mem *nd_mem, *found;
>> >> >> + struct nd_memdev *nd_memdev;
>> >> >> + u16 dcr_index;
>> >> >> +
>> >> >> + if (type != NFIT_SPA_DCR)
>> >> >> + continue;
>> >> >
>> >> > This function requires NFIT_SPA_DCR, SPA Range Structure with NVDIMM
>> >> > Control Region GUID, for initializing an nd_mem object. However,
>> >> > battery-backed DIMMs do not have such control region SPA. IIUC, the
>> >> > NFIT spec does not require NFIT_SPA_DCR.
>> >> >
>> >> > Can you change this function to work with NFIT_SPA_PM as well?
>> >>
>> >> NFIT_SPA_PM ranges are handled separately from nd_mem_init(). See
>> >> nd_region_create() in patch 10.
>> >
>> > If nd_mem_init() does not initialize nd_mem objects, nd_bus_probe() in
>> > core.c fails in nd_bus_init_interleave_sets() and skips all subsequent
>> > nd_bus_xxx() calls. So, nd_region_create() won't be called.
>> >
>> > nd_bus_init_interleave_sets() fails because init_interleave_set()
>> > returns -ENODEV if (!nd_mem).
>>
>> Ah, ok your test case is specifying PMEM backed by memory device
>> info. We have a test case for simple ranges (nfit_test1_setup()), but
>> it doesn't hit this bug because it does not specify any memory-device
>> tables.
>
> Yes, we have NFIT table with SPA range (PM), memory device to SPA, and
> NVDIMM control region structures. With the memory device to SPA
> structure, this code requires full sets of information, including the
> namespace label data in _DSM [1], which is outside of ACPI 6.0 and is
> optional. Battery-backed DIMMs do not have such label data.

This is what "nd_namespace_io" devices are for, they do not require labels.

Question, if you don't have labels and you don't have DSMs then why
publish a MEMDEV table at all? Why not simply publish an anonymous
range? See nfit_test1_setup().

> It needs
> to work with NFIT table with these structures without this _DSM or with
> a different type of _DSM which this code may or may not need to support.
> It should also check Region Format Interface Code (RFIC) in the NVDIMM
> control region structure before assuming this _DSM is present to
> implement RFIC 0x0201.

Ok I can look into adding this check, but I don't think it is
necessary if you simply refrain from publishing a MEMDEV entry.


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