Re: [PATCH 2/2] coresight: tmc: Add shutdown callback for TMC ETR/ETF

From: Sai Prakash Ranjan
Date: Wed Jun 03 2020 - 08:15:11 EST

Hi Mike,

On 2020-06-03 16:57, Mike Leach wrote:

On Wed, 3 Jun 2020 at 11:24, Sai Prakash Ranjan
<saiprakash.ranjan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi Mike,

Thanks again for looking at this.

On 2020-06-03 03:42, Mike Leach wrote:

>> SMMU/IOMMU won't be able to do much here as it is the client's
>> responsiblity to
>> properly shutdown and SMMU device link just makes sure that
>> SMMU(supplier) shutdown is
>> called only after its consumers shutdown callbacks are called.
> I think this use case can be handled slightly differently than the
> general requirements for modular CoreSight drivers.
> What is needed here is a way of stopping the underlying ETR hardware
> from issuing data to the SMMU, until the entire device has been shut
> down, in a way that does not remove the driver, breaking existing
> references and causing a system crash.
> We could introduce a new mode to the ETR driver - e.g.
> At the end of the block tmc_shutdown(struct amba_device *adev), set
> drvdata->mode to CS_MODE_SHUTDOWN & remove the coresight_unregister().
> This new mode can be used to prevent the underlying hardware from
> being able to restart until the device is re-powered.
> This mode can be detected in the code that enables / disables the ETR
> and handled appropriately (updates to tmc_enable_etr_sink and
> tmc_disable_etr_sink).
> This mode will persist until the device is re-started - but because we
> are on the device shutdown path this is not an issue.
> This should leave the CoreSight infrastructure stable until the
> drivers are shut down normally as part of the device power down
> process.

Sounds good to me, but if the coresight_unregister() is the trouble
causing these crashes, then can't we just remove that from
callback? This would be like maintaining the same behaviour as now where
on reboot/shutdown we basically don't do anything except for disabling

No - the new mode prevents race conditions where the thread shutting
down the SMMU does the ETR shutdown, but then another thread happens
to be trying to start trace and restarts the ETR.
It also prevents the condition Mathieu discussed where a thread might
be attempting to shutdown trace - this could try to disable the
hardware again re-releasing resources/ re-flushing and waiting for

I do not think there will a race between SMMU shutdown and ETR shutdown.
Driver core takes care of calling SMMU shutdown after its consumer
shutdown callbacks via device link, otherwise there would already be
bugs in all other client drivers.

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