Re: [PATCH linux-next v4 5/5] mtd: atmel-quadspi: add driver for Atmel QSPI controller

From: Marek Vasut
Date: Mon Aug 24 2015 - 09:15:56 EST

On Monday, August 24, 2015 at 02:49:24 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:

Hi Russell,

> On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 01:03:51PM +0200, Marek Vasut wrote:
> > These are functions, not macros :)
> >
> > btw is there any reason for these ? I'd say, just put the read*() and
> > write*() functions directly into the code and be done with it, it is
> > much less confusing.
> >
> > Also, why do you use the _relaxed() versions of the functions ?
> Now that the _relaxed() accessors are available throughout the kernel,
> everyone should be using the _relaxed() versions unless they need the
> properties of the non-relaxed versions.

You mean the memory barrier, right ?

> Remember that the non-relaxed
> versions are rather expensive on ARM due to the need to go all the way
> out to the L2 cache - it at least doubles the number of accesses for
> every read*/write*().

I think in case of this driver, we don't need the non-relaxed version
anywhere, right ? Thanks for the educational writeup :)

btw. is [1] still the current study material on the I/O accessor best
practices please ?


Best regards,
Marek Vasut
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