Re: [PATCH v3 11/22] firmware: arm_scmi: add support for polling based SCMI transfers

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Wed Oct 04 2017 - 07:14:02 EST

On Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 3:11 PM, Sudeep Holla <sudeep.holla@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> It would be useful to have options to perform some SCMI transfers
> atomically by polling for the completion flag instead of interrupt
> driven. The SCMI specification has option to disable the interrupt and
> poll for the completion flag in the shared memory.
> This patch adds support for polling based SCMI transfers using that
> option. This might be used for uninterrupted/atomic DVFS operations
> from the scheduler context.

multi-millisecond timeouts from inside the scheduler sound like a
really bad idea. Could this maybe get changed to an asynchronous

> + if (xfer->hdr.poll_completion) {
> + timeout = info->desc->max_rx_timeout_ms * 100;
> + while (!scmi_xfer_poll_done(info, xfer) && timeout--)
> + udelay(10);

The timeout calculation is bad as well, since both the
scmi_xfer_poll_done() call and udelay() can take much longer
than the 10 microsecond delay that you use for the calculation.

If you want to do a timeout check like this, it should generally
be done using ktime_get()/ktime_add()/ktime_before().