Re: [PATCH v4 3/4] soc: aspeed: Add eSPI driver

From: Jeremy Kerr
Date: Wed Sep 08 2021 - 21:52:57 EST

Hi Chiawei,

> Yes, there is security concern using HW mode.
> Our designer is considering to remove the HW mode support in the next
> generation of Aspeed SoCs.
> So far we haven't encountered a scenario demanding HW mode.

Great to hear :) can we unconditionally set ESPI000[9] in the driver

> > With than in mind, if we're disabling hardware mode - what does the
> > direction control setting effect when we're in software mode
> > (ESPICTRL[9] == 1)? Does it even matter?
> Yes, the direction matters even in SW mode.
> When the direction is 'master-to-slave' and the GPIO value is updated
> by the Host through PUT_VW, a VW interrupt is trigger to notify BMC.
> For the 'slave-to-master' GPIO, a alert is generated to notify the
> Host to issue GET_VW for the GPIO value updated by the BMC by
> ESPI09C.

OK, but the datasheet mentions that ESPICFG804 is only applicable when
ESPI000[9] = 0, or is that not the case?

But based on what you've said: yes, it sounds like the generic gpiodev
parts won't be useful for this.

> > Separate from this: I'm also proposing that we represent the system
> > event VWs
> > as gpiodevs as well.
> >
> > > A raw packet, primitive interface should have better flexibility
> > > to
> > > manage MCTP packets over the OOB channel.
> >
> > OK, let me phrase this differently: can the OOB channel be used for
> > anything other than SMBus messaging? Is it useful to provide an
> > interface that isn't a standard SMBus/i2c device?
> Yes, the PCH spec. also defines two additional packet format for an
> eSPI slave to retrieve PCH Temperature Data and RTC time.
> It should be trivial to prepare a byte buffer in that format and send
> it through the raw packet interface.

OK, understood.

> > If you need custom uapi definitions for this driver, that might be
> > okay, but it's going to be more work for you (to define an interface
> > that can be supported long-term), rather than using standard
> > infrastructure that already exists.
> Thus I suggested that we can refer to the IPMI KCS BMC driver, which
> supports the selection of different user interfaces, RAW or IPMI.

Yep, but the KCS "raw" register set is standardised as part of the IPMI
spec too, which helps to define a stable user API. We don't have that in
this case.

Overall though, if you want to start with the "low-level" API, then
introduce "enhanced" functionality - like an actual SMBus driver -
alongside that, then that sounds like an OK approach.

> If IOCTL is considered to be not user friendly or magic code
> polluting, file-based read/write on the miscdevice node is also an
> option.

It's not really my decision to make, but a read/write event interface
would seem to be more consistent to me. Is there an obvious event format
that would be common across all channels, perhaps? We'd probably also
need a poll too - to make use of incoming events, like master-to-slave
VW changes, perhaps?