Re: Tearing down DMA transfer setup after DMA client has finished

From: Vinod Koul
Date: Fri Dec 09 2016 - 12:56:49 EST

On Fri, Dec 09, 2016 at 06:34:15PM +0100, Mason wrote:
> On 09/12/2016 18:17, Vinod Koul wrote:
> > On Fri, Dec 09, 2016 at 11:25:57AM +0100, Sebastian Frias wrote:
> >>
> >> What concrete solution do you propose?
> >
> > I have already proposed two solutions.
> >
> > A) Request a channel only when you need it. Obviously we can't do virtual
> > channels with this (though we should still use virt-channels framework).
> > The sbox setup and teardown can be done as part of channel request and
> > freeup. PL08x already does this.
> >
> > Downside is that we can only have as many consumers at a time as channels.
> >
> > I have not heard any technical reason for not doing this apart from drivers
> > grab the channel at probe, which is incorrect and needs to be fixed
> > irrespective of the problem at hand.
> >
> > This is my preferred option.
> There is one important drawback with this solution. If a driver calls
> dma_request_chan() when no channels are currently available, it will
> get -EBUSY. If there were a flag in dma_request_chan to be put to
> sleep (with timeout) until a channel is available, then it would
> work. But busy waiting in the client driver is a waste of power.

Right, but in that case the fallback would be PIO mode, and if that is
not availble (IIRC some f your devices don't) then reject the usage with