Re: [PATCH V2 2/2] mailbox: introduce ARM SMC based mailbox

From: Jassi Brar
Date: Wed Jun 26 2019 - 14:28:05 EST

On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 11:44 AM Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 6/26/19 6:31 AM, Peng Fan wrote:
> >>> The firmware driver might not have func-id, such as SCMI/SCPI.
> >>> So add an optional func-id to let smc mailbox driver could
> >>> use smc SiP func id.
> >>>
> >> There is no end to conforming to protocols. Controller drivers should
> >> be written having no particular client in mind.
> >
> > If the func-id needs be passed from user, then the chan_id suggested
> > by Sudeep should also be passed from user, not in mailbox driver.
> >
> > Jassi, so from your point, arm_smc_send_data just send a0 - a6
> > to firmware, right?
> >
> > Sudeep, Andre, Florian,
> >
> > What's your suggestion? SCMI not support, do you have
> > plan to add smc transport in SCMI?
> On the platforms that I work with, we have taken the liberty of
> implementing SCMI in our monitor firmware because the other MCU we use
> for dynamic voltage and frequency scaling did not have enough memory to
> support that and we still had the ability to make that firmware be
> trusted enough we could give it power management responsibilities. I
> would certainly feel more comfortable if the SCMI specification was
> amended to indicate that the Agent could be such a software entity,
> still residing on the same host CPU as the Platform(s), but if not,
> that's fine.
> This has lead us to implement a mailbox driver that uses a proprietary
> SMC call for the P2A path ("tx" channel) and the return being done via
> either that same SMC or through SGI. You can take a look at it in our
> downstream tree here actually:
> If we can get rid of our own driver and uses a standard SMC based
> mailbox driver that supports our use case that involves interrupts (we
> can always change their kind without our firmware/boot loader since FDT
> is generated from that component), that would be great.
static irqreturn_t brcm_isr(void)
mbox_chan_received_data(&chans[0], NULL);

Sorry, I fail to understand why the irq can't be moved inside the
client driver itself? There can't be more cost to it and there
definitely is no functionality lost.