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Hi A.S

> -----Original Message-----
> From: A.s. Dong
> Sent: 2018年7月11日 15:30
> To: Sascha Hauer <s.hauer@pengutronix.de>
> Cc: linux-arm-kernel@lists.infradead.org; dongas86@gmail.com; Jassi Brar
> <jassisinghbrar@gmail.com>; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org; Oleksij Rempel
> <o.rempel@pengutronix.de>; dl-linux-imx <linux-imx@nxp.com>;
> kernel@pengutronix.de; Fabio Estevam <fabio.estevam@nxp.com>;
> shawnguo@kernel.org
> Subject: RE: [PATCH V4 3/5] mailbox: imx: add imx mu support
>
> Hi Sascha,
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Sascha Hauer [mailto:s.hauer@pengutronix.de]
> > Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 10:20 PM
> > To: A.s. Dong <aisheng.dong@nxp.com>
> > Cc: linux-arm-kernel@lists.infradead.org; dongas86@gmail.com; Jassi
> > Brar <jassisinghbrar@gmail.com>; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org; Oleksij
> > Rempel <o.rempel@pengutronix.de>; dl-linux-imx <linux-imx@nxp.com>;
> > kernel@pengutronix.de; Fabio Estevam <fabio.estevam@nxp.com>;
> > shawnguo@kernel.org
> > Subject: Re: [PATCH V4 3/5] mailbox: imx: add imx mu support
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > On Sun, Jul 08, 2018 at 10:56:55PM +0800, Dong Aisheng wrote:
> > > This is used for i.MX multi core communication.
> > > e.g. A core to SCU firmware(M core) on MX8.
> > >
> > > Tx is using polling mode while Rx is interrupt driven and schedule a
> > > hrtimer to receive remain words if have more than
> > > 4 words.
> >
> > You told us that using interrupts is not possible due to miserable
> > performance, we then provided you a way with which you could poll.
> > Why are you using interrupts now?
> >
>
> Because mailbox framework does not support sync rx now, I think we do not
> need to wait for that feature done first as it's independent and separate
> features of framework.
>
> So for now, we're just using the common way in kernel as arm scpi and ti sci.
> When framework supports it, we can easily switch to it.
>
> I optimized the performance a bit by removing the unnecessary memcopy
> between tx/tx messages. The test result of booting time shows there's no
> obvious regressions. I'm not sure whether it's due to we're booting a minimum
> system or the extra cost is very minor to be noticed due to not too much cmds
> sent during booting.
> (Copy Peng to comments more as he tried and reported that performance drop
> with vendor tree)

The txpoll_period is set 1, the minimum is 1ms. So it introduces latency in the initial mailbox
for SCU communication.

Regards,
Peng

>
> From the time measurement of sc_call_rpc, we can see that most rpc command
> In polling mode can finish within 10us and very rare ones over 20us.
> If switched to irq mode, those 10us cmds will change to about 20us.
>
> But the overall booting time did not increase much. Maybe the irq mode also
> saves some CPU MIPS to execute other works in parallel?
>
> > We also suggested a way how the SCU mode could be integrated into the
> > generic MU support driver Oleksij posted and now you send a driver
> > which uses the same name as Oleksijs driver, but it only and
> > exclusively works in SCU mode. This doesn't bring us forward.
> >
>
> Can Oleksij's patch be implemented against this one?
> As I remember you said we've still not determined whether Oleksij's approach is
> the most suitable way and it's still under discussion.
> (Actually TI's approach looks better which is more simiar as SCU way?)
>
> Furthermore, from this patch, you will notice that Oleksij's patch almost did not
> work for SCU at all. I have to totally rewrite one for SCU.
> So I did not write against his patch as it does not help.
> And Oleksij's patch is quite simple while the SCU one is much complicated than
> his one. So we probably better get SCU done first.
>
> > We suggested a binding that allows coexisting of the SCU mode and the
> > generic mode of the MU by putting the mode information into the second
> > mbox-cell. Why don't you use this?
> >
>
> You mean this?
> +#define IMX_MU_CHANNEL0 0
> +#define IMX_MU_CHANNEL1 1
> +#define IMX_MU_CHANNEL2 2
> +#define IMX_MU_CHANNEL3 3
> +#define IMX_MU_CHANNEL_IMX8_SCU 4
>
> It's hard for me to believe it's correct and it's over abstract to HW.
> So I thought using mbox-cells to distinguish seems to be better.
>
> > I don't think it's necessary to rewrite Oleksijs driver, instead it
> > should rather be extended with the code I already provided as an
> > example. With that we could make both of us happy since we can both
> > have a suitable driver and even share most of the MU code.
>
> As I said above, I even can't reuse 90%+ code of Oleksijs driver. So I can't see the
> meaning to demo the code on top of this driver. We can review the SCU
> implementation directly with this driver which is more easy.
> Then we can decide how to merge them together.
>
> Regards
> Dong Aisheng
>
> >
> > Regards,
> > Sascha
> >
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