Re: [PATCH v3 1/5] spi: introduce mmap read support for spi flash devices

From: Brian Norris
Date: Wed Nov 11 2015 - 14:24:51 EST

In addition to my other comments:

On Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 10:59:55AM +0530, Vignesh R wrote:
> In addition to providing direct access to SPI bus, some spi controller
> hardwares (like ti-qspi) provide special memory mapped port
> to accesses SPI flash devices in order to increase read performance.
> This means the controller can automatically send the SPI signals
> required to read data from the SPI flash device.
> For this, spi controller needs to know flash specific information like
> read command to use, dummy bytes and address width. Once these settings
> are populated in hardware registers, any read accesses to flash's memory
> map region(SoC specific) through memcpy (or mem-to mem DMA copy) will be
> handled by controller hardware. The hardware will automatically generate
> SPI signals required to read data from flash and present it to CPU/DMA.
> Introduce spi_mtd_mmap_read() interface to support memory mapped read
> over SPI flash devices. SPI master drivers can implement this callback to
> support memory mapped read interfaces. m25p80 flash driver and other
> flash drivers can call this to request memory mapped read. The interface
> should only be used MTD flashes and cannot be used with other SPI devices.
> Signed-off-by: Vignesh R <vigneshr@xxxxxx>
> ---
> diff --git a/include/linux/spi/spi.h b/include/linux/spi/spi.h
> index cce80e6dc7d1..2f2c431b8917 100644
> --- a/include/linux/spi/spi.h
> +++ b/include/linux/spi/spi.h
> @@ -361,6 +361,11 @@ static inline void spi_unregister_driver(struct spi_driver *sdrv)
> * @handle_err: the subsystem calls the driver to handle an error that occurs
> * in the generic implementation of transfer_one_message().
> * @unprepare_message: undo any work done by prepare_message().
> + * @spi_mtd_mmap_read: some spi-controller hardwares provide memory.
> + * Flash drivers (like m25p80) can request memory
> + * mapped read via this method. This interface
> + * should only be used by mtd flashes and cannot be
> + * used by other spi devices.
> * @cs_gpios: Array of GPIOs to use as chip select lines; one per CS
> * number. Any individual value may be -ENOENT for CS lines that
> * are not GPIOs (driven by the SPI controller itself).
> @@ -507,6 +512,11 @@ struct spi_master {
> struct spi_message *message);
> int (*unprepare_message)(struct spi_master *master,
> struct spi_message *message);
> + int (*spi_mtd_mmap_read)(struct spi_device *spi,
> + loff_t from, size_t len,
> + size_t *retlen, u_char *buf,
> + u8 read_opcode, u8 addr_width,
> + u8 dummy_bytes);

This is seeming to be a longer and longer list of arguments. I know MTD
has a bad habit of long argument lists (which then cause a ton of
unnecessary churn when things need changed in the API), but perhaps we
can limit the damage to the SPI layer. Perhaps this deserves a struct to
encapsulate all the flash read arguments? Like:

struct spi_flash_read_message {
loff_t from;
size_t len;
size_t *retlen;
void *buf;
u8 read_opcode;
u8 addr_width;
u8 dummy_bits;
// additional fields to describe rx_nbits for opcode/addr/data

struct spi_master {
int (*spi_flash_read)(struct spi_device *spi,
struct spi_flash_message *msg);

> /*
> * These hooks are for drivers that use a generic implementation


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