Re: [PATCH v3 03/17] powerpc: Add PFO support to the VIO bus

From: Benjamin Herrenschmidt
Date: Thu May 10 2012 - 17:58:26 EST

On Thu, 2012-05-10 at 14:08 -0500, Robert Jennings wrote:
> * Benjamin Herrenschmidt (benh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) wrote:

> > Is this meant to be called in atomic context ? If not, maybe it should
> > at the very least do a cond_resched() ?
> >
> > Else, what about ceding the processor ? Or at the very least reducing
> > the thread priority for a bit ?
> >
> > Shouldn't we also enforce to always have a timeout ? IE. Something like
> > 30s or so if nothing specified to avoid having the kernel just hard
> > lock...
> >
> > In general I don't like that sort of synchronous code, I'd rather return
> > the busy status up the chain which gives a chance to the caller to take
> > more appropriate measures depending on what it's doing, but that really
> > depends what you use that synchronous call for. I suppose if it's for
> > configuration type operations, it's ok...
> This function is called in atomic context, it is used by PFO-type device
> drivers to perform operations with the nest accelerator unit (like
> crypto acceleration).
> Having the timeout and retries in this function is the wrong thing to do.
> We'll resubmit this without the loop and the caller will be responsible for
> retrying the operations.
> I would rather have the caller cede the processor or alter thread
> priority where appropriate than doing that in this function. I don't
> think this should be done in this crypto driver.

That sounds right indeed... as long as the upper crypto layer has a
concept of "try again later"... if it doesn't it will result in random
funny failures :-)


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