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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 4/6] irqchip/irq-pruss-intc: Add helper functions to configure internal mapping
On 8/12/19 2:39 PM, Suman Anna wrote:
> Hi David,
> On 8/8/19 12:09 PM, David Lechner wrote:
>> On 8/2/19 4:26 PM, Suman Anna wrote:
>>> Point is different applications might use mapping differently as per
>>> their firmware and driver/application design and their split across one
>>> or more PRUs (design by contract). And we need to set this up at runtime
>>> when the application driver is getting run. We will have either the Soft
>>> UART or the Ethernet running at a time depending on the end goal desired
>>>> I have an idea that we can use multiple struct irq_domains to make
>>>> this work in the existing IRQ framework, but it would be helpful to
>>>> know more about the bigger picture first.
>>> Yeah, would be great if there is a way this can be solved without having
>>> to introduce additional API.
>> Here is what I came up with to use existing IRQ APIs to implement event
>> mapping.
>> Basically it is the same as my previous suggestion [1], with the
>> addition of
>> multiple IRQ domains.
> First of all, many thanks for looking into the problem and providing
> patches for the alternate solutions. If we were to not use any exported
> functions, this approach does seem to be a viable solution. I am going
> to play around with both [1] and this patch with all our existing
> usecases and see if I run into any issues.
> So, w.r.t this patch compared to [1], is the multiple IRQ domain solving
> anything specifically? Our main issue is the re-purposing of a event
> (and its mapping depending on the application), and the same issue will
> remain whether we have multiple domains or not. Also, now we would
> expect an event to migrate between different domains based on its usage.

The only thing using multiple IRQ domains gets us is that it allows us to
have multiple IRQ descriptors (virq) for a single PRU event. In other
words, if we needed to map a single system event to both a PRU core and
the MCU interrupt controller at the same time, then we would need separate
IRQ domains to do this. I we would never need to do something like this,
then we don't the IRQ domains.

Previously, you said "We can have two different applications use the same
event with different mappings." So I took this to mean that the events
would actually be mapped in hardware at the same time, but now I
understand it to just mean that a single firmware blob could contain
multiple mappings that contain the same events, but won't actually be used
at the same time. So if this is the case, then we probably don't need to
mess with IRQ domains.

>> The idea is that each external interrupt controller (or DMA controller,
>> etc.)
>> that is connected to the PRUSS interrupt controller is considered an
>> interrupt
>> domain. One of the objections to my previous patch was that we could
>> only have
>> one IRQ descriptor per event. Now we can have one descriptor per event per
>> domain.
>> I am still proposing that we use the interrupt-cells and identical vendor
>> resource data structures in the PRU firmware be used to provide the mapping
>> information. (As a side note, I still think it is important to include
>> on AM18xx in order to fully describe the event.)
> W.r.t EVTSEL, it is a global value and applies to a range of events. I
> have another equivalent register/functionality on most of the other SoCs
> as well (a register in PRUSS_CFG space) that muxes standard events vs
> MII_RT events. Again, that is limited to only a subset of all the system
> events. So, should this continue to be a per event specifier, it will be
> yet another mapping configuration data item (my idea was to manage this
> once per application within the PRU remoteproc driver along with the
> fwspec mapping).

I guess it just seems a bit fragile to me to specify EVTSEL elsewhere. My
thinking is that the first event registered that requires a specific EVTSEL
value "wins" and if any other events are registered with a different EVTSEL
value, then we will get an error. Likewise, if all users of a specific
EVTSEL value are unmapped, then it is up for grabs for any value again.

On the other hand, with a global value as you have proposed, we can just
leave comments in the device tree and the firmware about which EVTSEL value
is required for a specific event number. We won't be able to catch mistakes
at runtime, but at least there will be something to remind us what we did
wrong. So, I suppose that is good enough.

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