Re: [PATCH] enhanced reimplemented of the kfifo API

From: Ira W. Snyder
Date: Fri Jan 15 2010 - 18:38:35 EST

On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 11:05:07PM +0100, Stefani Seibold wrote:
> Am Freitag, den 15.01.2010, 14:01 -0800 schrieb Ira W. Snyder:
> > On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 10:30:01PM +0100, Stefani Seibold wrote:
> > >
> > > > I'm glad to see this example, it really illustrates how to use the new
> > > > DMA functionality of the kfifo API.
> > > >
> > > > Is there any reason why a very large scatterlist could not be used? I
> > > > have a driver that uses a large scatterlist (~4000 entries, allocated as
> > > > a struct sg_table). I implemented my own copy_from_user() functionality
> > > > into this scatterlist, but I'd love to use the kfifo DMA API instead.
> > > > After filling the scatterlist, I use the usual DMA API's to transfer it
> > > > to my device.
> > > >
> > >
> > > No, but the API will only return max. two entries.
> > >
> >
> > Ah, I see. __kfifo_alloc() uses kmalloc() internally. The kfifo API will
> > not work for my purposes then, since I want to allocate a 16MB chunk of
> > memory, and I'm very uncomfortable doing that with kmalloc(). I'll stick
> > with my custom scatterlist code, which uses alloc_page() to fill in the
> > scatterlist with order-0 allocations.
> >
> I think you can use vmalloc() instead and assign this buffer with
> kfifo_init().

Yes, that might be an option. I presume I could still use dma_map_sg()
on the resulting scatterlist.

> > Another nitpick in the code: I've noticed that you use sgl++ in the
> > setup_sgl() function. That should become "sgl = sg_next(sgl);" so that
> > this code can work with an struct sg_table as well.
> No, its by definition an array. You cannot pass as struct sg_table to
> the kfifo_dma_* functions.

A struct sg_table is a container for an underlying chain of struct
scatterlists, allowing for easier allocation. See the definition of
struct sg_table and the sgl member (include/linux/scatterlist.h line

IIRC, struct sg_table allocates arrays of struct scatterlist in
PAGE_SIZE chunks, and chains them together.

If you change from "sg++" to "sg_next()", you should be able to work
with chained scatterlists. You can only have a single struct page * in
one struct scatterlist. This would mean that if I tried to use
kfifo_dma_out_prepare() to give me 16MB worth of data, I would need 4096
seperate struct scatterlist entries. One for each struct page * in that
16MB chunk.

Jens, you added a lot of the scatterlist chaining code. Can you comment
on this? I don't claim to be a scatterlist expert :)

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