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SubjectRe: Serial data loss
On Tue, Apr 07, 2020 at 09:30:21AM +0200, gianluca wrote:
> I have a BIG trouble having dataloss when using two internal serial ports of
> my boards based on NXP/FreeScale iMX28 SoC ARMv5Te ARM920ej-s architecture.
>
> It runs at 454Mhz.
>
> Kernel used 4.9.x

That's a very old kernel, you are going to have to get support for that
from the vendor you bought it from :(

> When using my test case unit software between two serial ports connect each
> other by a null modem cable, it fails when the speed rate are different,

Of course, how would that work?

> and
> dataloss is increasing higher the speed rate.

What type of flow control are you using?

> I suppose to have overruns (now I am modifying my software to check them
> too), but I think it is due the way the ISR is called and all data are
> passed to the uart circular buffer within the interrupt routine.

Are you using flow control?

> I am talking about the high latency from the IRQ up to the service routine
> when flushing the FIFO and another IRQ is called by another uart in the same
> time at different speed.
>
> The code I was looking is: drivers/tty/serial/mxs-auart.c __but__ all other
> serial drivers are acting in the same way: they are reading one character at
> time from the FIFO (if it exists) and put it into the circular buffer so
> serial/tty driver can pass them to the user read routine.
>
> Each function call has some overhead and it is time-consuming, and if
> another interrupt is invoked by the same UART Core but from another serial
> port (different context) the continuos insertion done by hardware UART into
> the FIFO cannot be served fast enough to have an overrun. I think this can
> be applied __almost__ to every serial driver as they are written in the same
> way.
>
> And it is __NOT__ an issue because of the CPU and its speed! Using two
> serial converter (FTDI and Prolific PL2303 based) on each board, the problem
> does not appear at all even after 24 hours running at more than 115200!!!

usb-serial devices are totally different and send data to the host in a
completly different way.

Your hardware might just not be able to handle really high baud rates at
a continous stream, what baud rate were you using?

And again, this is what flow control was designed for, please use it.

> It does work fine if I am using two different serial devices: one internal
> uart (mxs-auart) and an external uart (ttyUSB).

Again, different interrupt and protocols being used for the USB stuff.

thanks,

greg k-h

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