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To: Alex Elder <>
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Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 00/17] net: introduce Qualcomm IPA driver (UPDATED)
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2020 16:17:52 -0700	[thread overview]
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On Thu, Mar 5, 2020 at 8:28 PM Alex Elder <> wrote:
> This series presents the driver for the Qualcomm IP Accelerator (IPA).
> This is version 2 of this updated series.  It includes the following
> small changes since the previous version:
>   - Now based on net-next instead of v5.6-rc
>   - Config option now named CONFIG_QCOM_IPA
>   - Some minor cleanup in the GSI code
>   - Small change to replenish logic
>   - No longer depends on remoteproc bug fixes
> What follows is the basically same explanation as was posted previously.
>                                         -Alex
> I have posted earlier versions of this code previously, but it has
> undergone quite a bit of development since the last time, so rather
> than calling it "version 3" I'm just treating it as a new series
> (indicating it's been updated in this message).  The fast/data path
> is the same as before.  But the driver now (nearly) supports a
> second platform, its transaction handling has been generalized
> and improved, and modem activities are now handled in a more
> unified way.
> This series is available (based on net-next in branch "ipa_updated-v2"
> in this git repository:
> The branch depends on other one other small patch that I sent out
> for review earlier.

I realize this is all already in (yay!), but it took me a long time to
get around to fully reading this driver. I'll paste my notes here for
posterity or possible future patches. Overall the driver seemed well
documented and thoughtfully written. As someone who has seen the old
downstream IPA driver (though I didn't look long as my brain started
hurting), I greatly appreciate the work required by Alex to polish
this all up. So firstly, thanks Alex!

Onto the notes. There are a couple themes I noticed. The driver seems
occasionally to be unnecessarily layer-caked. I noticed "could be
inlined" as a common refrain in my feedback. There are also a couple
places with hand-rolled refcounting, atomic exchanges, and odd
mutexes. I haven't fully digested those to be able to know how to get
rid of them, but I'll point them out as something that "doesn't smell
quite right".

Acronyms (for my own benefit):
ee - execution environment
ep - endpoint
er - endpoint or route ID
rt - resource type
dcd - Dynamic clock division (request to GCC to turn you off)
bcr - Backwards compatibility register
comp - Core master port
holb - ???

What is IPA_VALIDATION. Can this just be on always or removed?
otherwise it will likely bit rot.
I'd like to see this suspend_ref go away.
ipa_reg.c can be inlined
ipa_mem_init can be inlined.

Shouldn't CONFIG_IPA depend on IPA_NOTIFY?

Why are ipa_resource_src and ipa_resource_dst separate structures?
maybe the extern globals at the bottom should just be moved into ipa_main.c

Add a note for enum ipa_endpoint_name indicating who is TXing and RXing

Where is IPA_ENDPOINT_MODEM_LAN_TX definition?

IPA_CORE_CLOCK_RATE - Should probably be specified in DT as a fixed
frequency rather than here in code.
Interconnect bandwidths - Are these a function of the core clock rate?
This may be fine for the initial version, but is there any way to
derive the bandwidth requirement?
ipa_interconnect_init_one - Probably best to just inline this
ipa_clock_get_additional - Seems sketchy, would like to remove this
Overall don't like the homebrew reference counting here. Would runtime
PM help you do this?

I'd like to get rid of ipa_interrupt_add and ipa_interrupt_remove.
Seems like there's no need for these to be dynamically added, it's all
one driver.

Why does ipa_interrupt_setup() need to dynamically allocate the
structure, can't we just embed it in struct ipa?
Without the kzalloc, ipa_interrupt_setup() and
ipa_interrupt_teardown() are simple enough they can probably be
inlined (at least teardown for sure).
Interrupt processing seems a little odd. What I would have expected is:
Hard ISR reads pending bits, and immediately writes all pending bits
to quiesce them. Save bitmask of pending bits, and send to the
threaded handler. Threaded handler then reads and clears pending bits
out, and acts on any.
Fixes interrupt storm in ipa_isr() if an unexpected interrupt comes in
but an expected interrupt is also pending.
Avoids multiple register writes (one for each bit) in ipa_interrupt_process()
Saves all the register reads in ipa_interrupt_process_all(). That
additional read in the loop seems like it shouldn't be there either

Is IPA_SHARED_MEM_SIZE supposed to be defined? It's mentioned in the comment.
Comment says the number of canaries is the same for all IPA versions,
but ipa_data-sdm845.c and ipa_data-sc7180.c seem to have different
canary counts for IPA_MEM_UC_INFO?
Should the number of canaries really be part of the chipset-specific
config info if it's never going to change?
Do the canary values eat into the previous region? Can we add a
warning to ensure we don't write canary values off the beginning of
the memory region?

Maybe remove ipa_mem_teardown() if we're not planning to add anything
to it soon, or inline it in the header for now.
Does ipa_mem_zero_modem() erase canary values previously set up?

Why make gsi_evt_ring_state 0xf? Remove assignments and let enum do its thing.
enum gsi_ee_id - Probably worth commenting that this defines the
layout of the per-EE register regions, so rearranging this would
horribly break our access to hardware.

What is gsi v2.0? Is that the same as IPA 4.0?
Why do the channel macros have things like CH_C and EE_N in them? Why
not just CH and EE? Oh, I also see CH_E, what's that?

enum gsi_err_code: Where's 0x7?
gsi_channel_deprogram(): delete
gsi_channel_update(): I'm worried about this refcount thing, how does it work?
gsi_event_bitmap_init() can be inlined
gsi_evt_ring_setup() and gsi_evt_ring_teardown() can be removed
gsi_teardown(): inline
gsi_evt_ring_exit(): remove

Comment for ipa_gsi_channel_tx_completed has wrong function name copypasta.

This is an interesting mezzanine interface, it looks like it was
designed to keep GSI code from calling IPA code directly. Why is that?
Could these at least be inlined into the ipa_gsi.h?

Why is it important that struct gsi_trans be < 128 bytes?

gsi_tre_type - Should this be in a header?
TRE_FLAGS_ - Should these be in a header? Also, replace GENMASK(x,x)
with BIT(x). TRE_FLAGS_IEOB_FMASK is never used (which is fine, but
should it be?)
gsi_trans_tre_reserve() - Why atomic_try_cmpxchg? What's the
difference between that and atomic_cmpxchg?
gsi_tre_len_opcode() - If len is truncated to 16 bits, why is u32
passed in? Is len sometimes used as 32 bits?
gsi_trans_tre_fill() - If it doesn't do a 16-byte atomic write, is
this a problem? Could the controller see a half-baked TRE?

What is HOLB timer?

ipa_table_valid() - This just runs all 3-bit possibilities. Could use
flags and a loop instead.
ipa_table_teardown() - Remove?

ipa_cmd_tag_process_add() - What happened here? Is this just
functionality we're not using right now?

ipa_start_xmit() - Could returning BUSY result in an infinite loop if
something goes wrong in the lower layers?
ipa_modem_start() - Shouldn't we print some errors if the state
variable has an unexpected value (ie not RUNNING)? In those cases we
are likely not in a good place.

ipa_qmi_indication() could be inlined
init_modem_driver_req() use of static means this can never run
concurrently with itself, right? Also if the request gets stuck in
qmi_txn_wait() you're hosed.

You could macro-ize the initialization of these elements, which would
make things way shorter, and probably easier to read. I'm imagining
for instance the first element in the file could be reduced to
IPA_QMI_ELEM(QMI_OPT_FLAG, 1, struct ipa_indication_register_req,
master_driver_init_complete_valid, 0x10)

Actually I don't get why the mutex is needed at all. It's certainly
not needed in ipa_smp2p_disable() (stores are already atomic), and
threaded irqs already have mutual exclusion. Or are you trying to make
sure ipa_smp2p_disable() doesn't return until
ipa_smp2p_modem_setup_ready_isr() has fully completed? If that's
really why, you should explain that's what it's doing and why it's
Thinking more about it, why can't you just actually disable the irq?
That calls synchronize_irq, which will flush out any instances of the
irq running. Then no mutex necessary!
ipa_smp2p_irq_init(), and _exit() can be inlined.
I'd love to see clock_on and the weird reference counting go away. Is
that really necessary?

      parent reply	other threads:[~2020-04-29 23:18 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 29+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-03-06  4:28 [PATCH v2 00/17] net: introduce Qualcomm IPA driver (UPDATED) Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 01/17] remoteproc: add IPA notification to q6v5 driver Alex Elder
2020-03-06 11:49   ` Leon Romanovsky
2020-03-06 13:29     ` Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 02/17] dt-bindings: soc: qcom: add IPA bindings Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 03/17] soc: qcom: ipa: main code Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 04/17] soc: qcom: ipa: configuration data Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 05/17] soc: qcom: ipa: clocking, interrupts, and memory Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 06/17] soc: qcom: ipa: GSI headers Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 07/17] soc: qcom: ipa: the generic software interface Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 08/17] soc: qcom: ipa: IPA interface to GSI Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 09/17] soc: qcom: ipa: GSI transactions Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 10/17] soc: qcom: ipa: IPA endpoints Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 11/17] soc: qcom: ipa: filter and routing tables Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 12/17] soc: qcom: ipa: immediate commands Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 13/17] soc: qcom: ipa: modem and microcontroller Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 14/17] soc: qcom: ipa: AP/modem communications Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 15/17] soc: qcom: ipa: support build of IPA code Alex Elder
2020-03-11 10:54   ` Jon Hunter
2020-03-11 12:33     ` Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 16/17] MAINTAINERS: add entry for the Qualcomm IPA driver Alex Elder
2020-03-06  4:28 ` [PATCH v2 17/17] arm64: dts: sdm845: add IPA information Alex Elder
2020-03-11 10:49   ` Jon Hunter
2020-03-11 14:39     ` Alex Elder
2020-03-11 19:02       ` Bjorn Andersson
2020-03-09  5:09 ` [PATCH v2 00/17] net: introduce Qualcomm IPA driver (UPDATED) David Miller
2020-03-09 16:54 ` Dave Taht
2020-03-12  3:09   ` Alex Elder
2020-04-29 23:17 ` Evan Green [this message]

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