Re: [PATCH v3 0/4] Generalize fncpy availability

From: Florian Fainelli
Date: Tue Jun 20 2017 - 12:20:47 EST

On 06/20/2017 02:10 AM, Lorenzo Pieralisi wrote:
> [+Sudeep]
> On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 10:32:38AM -0700, Florian Fainelli wrote:
>> On 06/19/2017 05:24 AM, Mark Rutland wrote:
>>> On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 05:07:40PM -0700, Florian Fainelli wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>> Hi Florian,
>>>> This patch series makes ARM's fncpy() implementation more generic (dropping the
>>>> Thumb-specifics) and available in an asm-generic header file.
>>>> Tested on a Broadcom ARM64 STB platform with code that is written to SRAM.
>>>> Changes in v3 (thanks Doug!):
>>>> - correct include guard names in asm-generic/fncpy.h to __ASM_FNCPY_H
>>>> - utilize Kbuild to provide the fncpy.h header on ARM64
>>>> Changes in v2:
>>>> - leave the ARM implementation where it is
>>>> - make the generic truly generic (no)
>>>> This is helpful in making SoC-specific power management code become true drivers
>>>> that can be shared between different architectures.
>>>> Could you elaborate on what this is needed for?
>> Several uses cases come to mind:
>> - it could be used as a trampoline code prior to entering S2 for systems
>> that do not support PSCI 1.0
> I think S2 here means PM_SUSPEND_MEM. It is very wrong to manage power
> states through platform specific hooks on PSCI based systems, consider
> upgrading to PSCI 1.0 please (or implement PSCI CPU_SUSPEND power
> states that allow to achieve same power savings as PM_SUSPEND_MEM
> by just entering suspend-to-idle).

S2 is PM_SUSPEND_STANDBY and S3 is PM_SUSPEND_MEM, at least that how I
read it. I would rather we update to PSCI 1.0 (at least) to properly
support SYSTEM_SUSPEND rather than retrofitting a system-wide suspend
state into CPU_SUSPEND since that seems wrong.

>> - any code that has a specific need to relocate a performance, security
>> sensitive code into SRAM and use it as another pool of memory.
>>> My understanding was that on 32-bit, this was to handle idle / suspend
>>> cases, whereas for arm64 that should be handled by PSCI.
>> For systems that support PSCI 1.0, I agree, but it may not be possible
>> to update those systems easily, still use case 2 is completely valid.
> Just to be clear, thinking of using platform specific suspend hooks
> on PSCI systems is not a viable solution, I will let other people
> comment on option 2.
>>> what exactly do you intend to use this for?
>> At the moment we use it to enter S2 on ARM64 systems (ARCH_BRCMSTB)
> "At the moment", where ?

Obviously not in tree, since fncpy() is not available on ARM64, here is
what it looks like for ARM & MIPS systems though:

>> which are PSCI 0.2 only. And yes, we do have a plan to evaluate
>> upgrading to PSCI 1.0, but in general, any SoC which as an addressable
>> SRAM could use it for whatever purpose it sees fit.
> Not to implement suspend hooks on PSCI 0.2 systems.

You have made your point and it is very valid, still that does not mean
fncpy() does not have any usefulness on ARM64 systems, this was one
although not "ARM approved" use case (system suspend), but use case
where you have code that should execute from SRAM is something that
should be possible using the standard facilities offered in