Re: [PATCH RESEND] media: omap3isp: Use dma_request_chan() to requesting DMA channel

From: Laurent Pinchart
Date: Thu Nov 03 2016 - 11:11:38 EST

Hi Peter,

On Thursday 03 Nov 2016 11:23:50 Peter Ujfalusi wrote:
> On 11/02/2016 11:19 PM, Laurent Pinchart wrote:
> > On Wednesday 02 Nov 2016 14:39:59 Peter Ujfalusi wrote:
> >> With the new dma_request_chan() the client driver does not need to look
> >> for the DMA resource and it does not need to pass filter_fn anymore.
> >> By switching to the new API the driver can now support deferred probing
> >> against DMA.
> >
> > I believe this breaks the OMAP3 ISP driver.
> > dma_request_slave_channel_compat() is a superset of dma_request_chan()
> > that will, when called with omap_dma_filter_fn, return as a fallback any
> > free channel handled by the OMAP DMA engine driver. This feature is
> > actively used by this driver and must be preserved.
> The fallback to use the filter_fn is used only when booted in legacy
> mode or when requesting a channel for non slave DMA operation.
> Based on the code in the driver it is handling slave transfers, so it
> must have DMA request line coming from somewhere. If that is missing the
> driver should not be able to work as it will not start the transfer.

If I remember correctly, the OMAP3 ISP has no dedicated DMA channel is it
doesn't issue any hardware trigger. It can use any DMA channel, and performs a
memcpy-like operation from a FIFO exposed through a single register to a
system memory location.

> dma_request_chan() is to be used when you want to have slave channel
> with DMA request.
> If legacy mode needs to be supported then adding the hist DMA request
> number to the omap3xxx_sdma_map in arch/arm/mach-omap2/dma.c should be done.
> The reason the omap3isp is not in the table is that I could not find any
> place where the DMA resource was set (nor the DMA is specified in DT).

That's because there's no DMA request number for the OMAP3 ISP :-)

> I'm unsure how this driver could work w/o DMA request line over a random
> (and SW triggered) DMA channel with slave operation. For the slave DMA
> you need to have DMA request line.

As far as I understand, the DMA channel is software triggered, and the DMA
engine will just perform the programmed number of transfers, without waiting
for a hardware trigger.


Laurent Pinchart