Re: [RFC 3/3] serial: 8250_omap: try to avoid IER_RDI with DMA

From: Sekhar Nori
Date: Wed Aug 26 2015 - 05:12:41 EST

On Friday 14 August 2015 09:31 PM, Sebastian Andrzej Siewior wrote:
> It has been observed on DRA7-evm that the UART triggers the interrupt and
> reading IIR says IIR_NO_INT. It seems that we receive data via RX-DMA
> but the interrupt is triggered anyway. I have hardly observed it on
> AM335x and not in *that* quantity. On DRA7-evm with continuous transfers
> at 3MBaud and CPU running at 1.5Ghz it is possible that the IRQ-core will
> close the UART interrupt after "some time" with "nobody cared".
> I've seen that by not enabling IER_RDI those spurious interrupts are not
> triggered. Also it seems that DMA and RDI cause the "timeout interrupt"
> which does not allow RX-DMA to be scheduled even if the FIFO reached the
> programmed RX threshold. However without RDI we don't get a notification
> if we have less than RX threshold bytes in the FIFO.
> This is where we have the rx_dma_wd timer. After programming the RX-DMA
> transfer wait HZ / 4 or 250ms for it to complete. If it does not
> complete in that time span we cancel the DMA transfer and enable RDI.
> RDI will trigger an UART interrupt in case we have bytes in the FIFO.
> Once we read bytes manually from the FIFO we enable RX-DMA again
> (without RDI) with the same 250ms timeout.
> One downside with this approach is that latency sensitive protocols that
> transfer less than 48 bytes will have to wait 250ms to complete.

I guess because of this reason, wlink8 bluetooth connected to TI's DRA7
EVM failed to probe with this patch included. At the least, looks like
this patch needs some tuning.

> Is there maybe a user interface where one could set small or bulk transfers?
> Signed-off-by: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <bigeasy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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