Re: [PATCH V2 2/2] mailbox: introduce ARM SMC based mailbox
From: Sudeep Holla
Date: Thu Jun 27 2019 - 05:09:11 EST
On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 01:27:41PM -0500, Jassi Brar wrote:
> 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:
> > https://github.com/Broadcom/stblinux-4.9/blob/master/linux/drivers/mailbox/brcmstb-mailbox.c
> > 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, NULL);
> return IRQ_HANDLED;
> 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.
What if there are multiple clients ?
And I assume you are referring to case like this where IRQ is not tied
to the mailbox IP.