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SubjectRe: Revert "dmaengine: pl330: add DMA_PAUSE feature"
On Mon, May 21, 2018 at 5:16 AM, Vinod Koul <vinod.koul@linaro.org> wrote:
>>
>> I understand the residue can't be read after terminate, that's why
>> reading the residue is step 2 in pause/residue/terminate. My question
>> was whether the entire sequence pause/residue/terminate taken as a
>> whole can or cannot lose data. Saying that individual steps can or
>> can't lose data is not enough, context is required. The key point is
>> whether pause flushes in-flight data to its destination or not. If it
>> does, and our residue is accurate, the terminate cannot cause data
>> loss. If pause doesn't flush, an additional step of flush_sync as
>> Lars suggested is required. So pause/flush_sync/residue/terminate
>> would be the safe sequence that cannot lose data.
>
> I wouldn't use cannot, shouldn't would be better here as it depends on HW and
> where all data has been buffered and if it can be flushed or not.
>
> Have you checked if pl330 supports such flushing?

It does not, at least in the context of pausing. The dma-330 DMAEND
instruction flushes in-flight data to its destination, and there are
read/write barrier instructions also, but none of them can be injected
on the fly into a running dma thread. DMAKILL can be, but it discards
in-flight data. Currently, if an 8250 serial driver uses the pl330
for rx dma, the result is possible data loss/corruption. If there was
a stronger pause capability, call it "cmd_sync_pause" which guaranteed
flushing of in-flight data to its destination and accurate residue
reading when paused, then the 8250 serial driver could check for
"cmd_sync_pause" and reject dma drivers that do not have that
capability. pl330.c would not advertise cmd_sync_pause. I don't know
if other dmaengine hardware would be able to support cmd_sync_pause or
not, I'm mostly just familiar with the pl330. The ep93xx_dma.c driver
for example has a m2p_hw_synchronize function which seems to do a
flush.

--
Frank

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