Re: [PATCH v2 18/19] remoteproc: core: Add function to create remoteproc local resource table

From: loic pallardy
Date: Mon Sep 19 2016 - 03:47:18 EST

On 09/15/2016 08:58 PM, Bjorn Andersson wrote:
On Wed 31 Aug 13:50 PDT 2016, Loic Pallardy wrote:

Rproc driver has now the capability to add resources dynamically
thanks to rproc_request_resource API.
Depending on associated action, resource request could impact
firmware resource table or define new local resource.

In order to preserve current remoteproc resource handling
mechanism, all local resources are gathered in a local resource
table which won't be shared with firmware and proceed by
remoteproc core as firmware one.

It is rproc driver responsibility to provide the right resource
information using rproc_request_resource API.

Signed-off-by: Loic Pallardy <loic.pallardy@xxxxxx>
drivers/remoteproc/remoteproc_core.c | 80 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
include/linux/remoteproc.h | 1 +
2 files changed, 80 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/remoteproc/remoteproc_core.c b/drivers/remoteproc/remoteproc_core.c
index cbfbdf8..73b460a 100644
--- a/drivers/remoteproc/remoteproc_core.c
+++ b/drivers/remoteproc/remoteproc_core.c
@@ -1270,6 +1270,65 @@ static int rproc_apply_resource_overrides(struct rproc *rproc,
return ret;

+static struct resource_table*
+rproc_local_resource_create(struct rproc *rproc, int *tablesz)

The resource table is a persistent data structure and as such it's
awkward and inconvenient to operate on. This does, unfortunately, show
throughout this series.

But to here traverse a list of resources, generate a new table of the
left-over ones just so that we can allocate them and put them back on
another list is a clear sign to me that we're doing it wrong way.

Ok goal was to keep current resource allocation mechanism without changing current rproc_handle_xxx functions.
The idea was to avoid fake resource table creation at rproc driver level...

Further more, we will have to support 64 bit addresses in the firmware
so I do not want to lock in the core implementation in version 1 of the
resource table format.

Rather than using the resource tables directly I think we should parse
the resource table into lists of objects that are convenient to operate
on. While doing this we can squash "duplicates" and validate that they
are compatible.

Yes possible to keep only internal list of request.

This allows the driver to (optionally) register static resources
and the resource table parser to (optionally!) register firmware
resources. We would then traverse these lists and if resources are
referenced update the resource table entries - i.e. like vrings are
handled already.

We can do this two ways:
1) As we register entries in these lists we check for previous
allocations and fall back to allocate the resources directly. Allowing
the drivers to fill in the lists and override resources from the table
parser. A drawback with this approach is that driver-registered
resources must stay allocated throughout the driver's life cycle.

2) We defer allocations to after we've built up the resource lists,
allowing the static/driver resources to be allocated as we boot the
rproc. Grouping the allocations would, likely, make it easier to reason
about error paths etc.

As we are discussing specific rproc allocation in another thread and that local resource management is linked to, I propose to drop local resource concept from this series and come back later with a solution alignment with dedicated rproc memory chunk management.