Re: [PATCH 6/7] k3dma: Fix occasional DMA ERR issue by using proper dma api

From: John Stultz
Date: Thu Jul 21 2016 - 01:22:11 EST

On Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 9:26 PM, zhangfei <zhangfei.gao@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 07/21/2016 11:53 AM, John Stultz wrote:
>> After lots of debugging on an occasional DMA ERR issue, I realized
>> that the desc structures which we point the dma hardware are being
>> allocated out of regular memory. This means when we fill the desc
>> structures, that data doesn't always get flushed out to memory by
>> the time we start the dma transfer, resulting in the dma engine getting
>> some null values, resulting in a DMA ERR on the first irq.
> How about using wmb() flush before start dma to sync desc?

So I'm not going to pretend to be an expert here, but my understanding
is that wmb() syncrhonizes cpu write ordering operations across cpus,
so the cpus see all the changes before the wmb() before they see any
changes after. But I'm not sure what effect wmb() has across cpu
cache to device ordering. I don't think it works as a cache flush to

Andy's patch introducing the cyclic support actually had a wmb() in it
that I removed as I couldn't understand clearly why it was there (and
there wasn't a comment explaining, as required by checkpatch :). But
even with that wmb(), the DMA ERR was still seen.

Only with these two new changes have I gotten to the point where I
can't seem to trigger the DMA error.