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SubjectRE: [PATCH V2 2/2] mailbox: introduce ARM SMC based mailbox
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Hi Andre,
> Subject: Re: [PATCH V2 2/2] mailbox: introduce ARM SMC based mailbox
>
> On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 09:32:42 -0700
> Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> > On 6/3/19 1:30 AM, peng.fan@nxp.com wrote:
> > > From: Peng Fan <peng.fan@nxp.com>
> > >
> > > This mailbox driver implements a mailbox which signals transmitted
> > > data via an ARM smc (secure monitor call) instruction. The mailbox
> > > receiver is implemented in firmware and can synchronously return
> > > data when it returns execution to the non-secure world again.
> > > An asynchronous receive path is not implemented.
> > > This allows the usage of a mailbox to trigger firmware actions on
> > > SoCs which either don't have a separate management processor or on
> > > which such a core is not available. A user of this mailbox could be
> > > the SCP interface.
> > >
> > > Modified from Andre Przywara's v2 patch
> > > https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flo
> > >
> re.kernel.org%2Fpatchwork%2Fpatch%2F812999%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%
> 7Cpen
> > >
> g.fan%40nxp.com%7C15c4180b8fe5405d3de808d6ea81d5f1%7C686ea1d3bc
> 2b4c6
> > >
> fa92cd99c5c301635%7C0%7C0%7C636954240720601454&amp;sdata=1Cp
> WSgTH7lF
> > > cBKxJnLeIDw%2FDAQJJO%2FVypV1LUU1BRQA%3D&amp;reserved=0
> > >
> > > Cc: Andre Przywara <andre.przywara@arm.com>
> > > Signed-off-by: Peng Fan <peng.fan@nxp.com>
> > > ---
> >
> > [snip]
> >
> > +#define ARM_SMC_MBOX_USB_IRQ BIT(1)
> >
> > That flag appears unused.
> >
> > > +static int arm_smc_mbox_probe(struct platform_device *pdev) {
> > > + struct device *dev = &pdev->dev;
> > > + struct mbox_controller *mbox;
> > > + struct arm_smc_chan_data *chan_data;
> > > + const char *method;
> > > + bool use_hvc = false;
> > > + int ret, irq_count, i;
> > > + u32 val;
> > > +
> > > + if (!of_property_read_u32(dev->of_node, "arm,num-chans", &val)) {
> > > + if (val < 1 || val > INT_MAX) {
> > > + dev_err(dev, "invalid arm,num-chans value %u
> of %pOFn\n", val,
> > > +pdev->dev.of_node);
>
> Isn't the of_node parameter redundant, because dev_err() already takes care
> of that?

I'll remove that.

>
> > > + return -EINVAL;
> > > + }
> > > + }
> >
> > Should not the upper bound check be done against UINT_MAX since val is
> > an unsigned int?
>
> But wouldn't that be somewhat pointless, given that val is a u32? So I guess
> we could just condense this down to:
> ...
> if (!val) {
> ...

make sense.

>
> > > +
> > > + irq_count = platform_irq_count(pdev);
> > > + if (irq_count == -EPROBE_DEFER)
> > > + return irq_count;
> > > +
> > > + if (irq_count && irq_count != val) {
> > > + dev_err(dev, "Interrupts not match num-chans\n");
> >
> > Interrupts property does not match \"arm,num-chans\" would be more
> correct.
>
> Given that interrupts are optional, do we have to rely on this?

If there is interrupt property, the interrupts should match channel counts.

Do we actually
> need one interrupt per channel?

I thought about this, provide one interrupt for all channels.
But there is no good way to let interrupt handlers know which
channel triggers the interrupt. So I use one interrupt per channel.

>
> > > + return -EINVAL;
> > > + }
> > > +
> > > + if (!of_property_read_string(dev->of_node, "method", &method)) {
> > > + if (!strcmp("hvc", method)) {
> > > + use_hvc = true;
> > > + } else if (!strcmp("smc", method)) {
> > > + use_hvc = false;
> > > + } else {
> > > + dev_warn(dev, "invalid \"method\" property: %s\n",
> > > + method);
> > > +
> > > + return -EINVAL;
> > > + }
> >
> > Having at least one method specified does not seem to be checked later
> > on in the code, so if I omitted to specify that property, we would
> > still register the mailbox and default to use "smc" since the
> > ARM_SMC_MBOX_USE_HVC flag would not be set, would not we want to
> make
> > sure that we do have in fact a valid method specified given the
> > binding documents that property as mandatory?
> >
> > [snip]
> >
> > > + mbox->txdone_poll = false;
> > > + mbox->txdone_irq = false;
> > > + mbox->ops = &arm_smc_mbox_chan_ops;
> > > + mbox->dev = dev;
> > > +
> > > + ret = mbox_controller_register(mbox);
> > > + if (ret)
> > > + return ret;
> > > +
> > > + platform_set_drvdata(pdev, mbox);
> >
> > I would move this above mbox_controller_register() that way there is
> > no room for race conditions in case another part of the driver expects
> > to have pdev->dev.drvdata set before the mbox controller is registered.
> > Since you use devm_* functions for everything, you may even remove
> > that call.
> >
> > [snip]
> >
> > > +#ifndef _LINUX_ARM_SMC_MAILBOX_H_
> > > +#define _LINUX_ARM_SMC_MAILBOX_H_
> > > +
> > > +struct arm_smccc_mbox_cmd {
> > > + unsigned long a0, a1, a2, a3, a4, a5, a6, a7; };
> >
> > Do you expect this to be used by other in-kernel users? If so, it
> > might be good to document how a0 can have a special meaning and be
> > used as a substitute for the function_id?
>
> I don't think we should really expose this outside of the driver. From a mailbox
> point of view this is just the payload, transported according to the SMCCC.
> Also using "long" here sounds somewhat troublesome.
>
> Also, looking at the SMCCC, I only see six parameters in addition to the
> function identifier. Shall we reflect this here?

I could move it to driver code. Jassi, do you have any comments?

Thanks,
Peng.

>
> Cheers,
> Andre.

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