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From: Guenter Roeck <>
To: Douglas Anderson <>
Cc: Mark Brown <>,
	Benson Leung <>,
	Enric Balletbo i Serra <>,
	"open list:ARM/Rockchip SoC..."
	Nicolas Boichat <>,
	Guenter Roeck <>,
	Brian Norris <>,
	Matthias Kaehlcke <>,
	linux-kernel <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 1/3] platform/chrome: cros_ec_spi: Move to real time priority for transfers
Date: Wed, 15 May 2019 10:02:12 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Wed, May 15, 2019 at 9:48 AM Douglas Anderson <> wrote:
> In commit 37a186225a0c ("platform/chrome: cros_ec_spi: Transfer
> messages at high priority") we moved transfers to a high priority
> workqueue.  This helped make them much more reliable.
> ...but, we still saw failures.
> We were actually finding ourselves competing for time with dm-crypt
> which also scheduled work on HIGHPRI workqueues.  While we can
> consider reverting the change that made dm-crypt run its work at
> HIGHPRI, the argument in commit a1b89132dc4f ("dm crypt: use
> WQ_HIGHPRI for the IO and crypt workqueues") is somewhat compelling.
> It does make sense for IO to be scheduled at a priority that's higher
> than the default user priority.  It also turns out that dm-crypt isn't
> alone in using high priority like this.  loop_prepare_queue() does
> something similar for loopback devices.
> Looking in more detail, it can be seen that the high priority
> workqueue isn't actually that high of a priority.  It runs at MIN_NICE
> which is _fairly_ high priority but still below all real time
> priority.
> Should we move cros_ec_spi to real time priority to fix our problems,
> or is this just escalating a priority war?  I'll argue here that
> cros_ec_spi _does_ belong at real time priority.  Specifically
> cros_ec_spi actually needs to run quickly for correctness.  As I
> understand this is exactly what real time priority is for.
> There currently doesn't appear to be any way to use the standard
> workqueue APIs with a real time priority, so we'll switch over to
> using using a kthread worker.  We'll match the priority that the SPI
> core uses when it wants to do things on a realtime thread and just use
> "MAX_RT_PRIO - 1".
> This commit plus the patch ("platform/chrome: cros_ec_spi: Request the
> SPI thread be realtime") are enough to get communications very close
> to 100% reliable (the only known problem left is when serial console
> is turned on, which isn't something that happens in shipping devices).
> Specifically this test case now passes (tested on rk3288-veyron-jerry):
>   dd if=/dev/zero of=/var/log/foo.txt bs=4M count=512&
>   while true; do
>     ectool version > /dev/null;
>   done
> It should be noted that "/var/log" is encrypted (and goes through
> dm-crypt) and also passes through a loopback device.
> Signed-off-by: Douglas Anderson <>

Reviewed-by: Guenter Roeck <>

  reply	other threads:[~2019-05-15 17:02 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-05-15 16:48 [PATCH v4 0/3] spi: A better solution for cros_ec_spi reliability Douglas Anderson
2019-05-15 16:48 ` [PATCH v4 1/3] platform/chrome: cros_ec_spi: Move to real time priority for transfers Douglas Anderson
2019-05-15 17:02   ` Guenter Roeck [this message]
2019-05-21  7:52     ` Enric Balletbo i Serra
2019-05-15 16:48 ` [PATCH v4 2/3] spi: Allow SPI devices to request the pumping thread be realtime Douglas Anderson
2019-05-21  7:49   ` Enric Balletbo i Serra
2019-05-23 13:46   ` Mark Brown
2019-05-23 13:49   ` Applied "spi: Allow SPI devices to request the pumping thread be realtime" to the spi tree Mark Brown
2019-05-15 16:48 ` [PATCH v4 3/3] platform/chrome: cros_ec_spi: Request the SPI thread be realtime Douglas Anderson
2019-05-21  7:50   ` Enric Balletbo i Serra
2019-05-24 10:26   ` Enric Balletbo i Serra

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