Re: [PATCH v4 3/5] soc: qcom: Introduce APCS IPC driver

From: Jeffrey Hugo
Date: Fri May 05 2017 - 16:39:47 EST

On 5/5/2017 2:22 PM, Jassi Brar wrote:
On Sat, May 6, 2017 at 1:23 AM, Jeffrey Hugo <jhugo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 5/5/2017 1:22 PM, Jassi Brar wrote:

On Sat, May 6, 2017 at 12:07 AM, Bjorn Andersson
<bjorn.andersson@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

There is no way to determine if the remote processor has observed a message,
that does not involve pretty trivial race conditions.

Thanks for chiming in.
How is it supposed to work if a client queues more than one request?
How do you know when it's ok to overwrite the FIFO and send the next
Usually if h/w doesn't indicate, we cook up some ack packet for each
command. Otherwise the protocol seems badly broken.

If there is really nothing that can be done to check delivery of a
message, I'll pick the driver as such. Best of luck :)

The protocol is designed so that we don't need an ack, or confirmation of delivery. Such details are left to the higher level protocol, if needed.

The transmitter owns the "head" pointer in the fifo, and the receiver owns the "tail" pointer. The fifo is empty if those pointers are the same value. When the receiver has copied data out of the fifo, it advances the tail pointer. The transmitter must ensure that the head pointer never meets the tail pointer through wrap around.

You can kind of check delivery based on the position of the tail pointer, but I can tell you from experience, you never really want to do that as it never tells you what you really want to know.

Jeffrey Hugo
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