Re: [PATCH 4/9] dma: edma: Find missed events and issue them

From: Joel Fernandes
Date: Thu Aug 01 2013 - 16:49:43 EST

Just some corrections here..

On 08/01/2013 03:28 PM, Joel Fernandes wrote:

>>> 2. If the interrupt handler for some reason doesn't complete or get
>>> service in time, we will end up DMA'ing incorrect data as events
>>> wouldn't stop coming in even if interrupt is not yet handled (in your
>>> example linked sets P1 or P2 would be old ones being repeated). Where as
>>> with my method, we are not doing any DMA once we finish the current
>>> MAX_NR_SG set even if events continue to come.
>> Where is repetition and possibility of wrong data being transferred? We
>> have a linear list of PaRAM sets - not a loop. You would link the end to
>> PaRAM set chain to dummy PaRAM set which BTW will not cause missed
>> events. The more number of PaRAM sets you add to the chain, the more
> There would have to be a loop, how else would you ensure continuity and
> uninterrupted DMA?
> Consider if you have 2 sets of linked sets:
> L1 is the first set of Linked sets and L2 is the second.
> When L1 is done, EDMA continues with L2 (due to the link) while
> interrupt handler prepares L1. The continuity depends on L1 being linked
> to L2. Only the absolute last break up of the MAX_NR_SG linked set will
> be linked to Dummy.
> So consider MAX_NR_SG=10, and sg_len = 35
> L1 - L2 - L1 - L1 - Dummy

Should be,
L1 - L2 - L1 - L2 - Dummy

> The split would be in number of slots,
> 10 - 10 - 10 - 5 - Dummy
>> time CPU gets to intervene before DMA eventually stalls. This is a
>> tradeoff system designers can manage.
> Consider what happens in the case where MAX_SG_NR=1 or 2. In that case,
> there's a change we might not get enough time for the interrupt handler
> to setup next series of linked set.
> Some how this limitation has to be overcome by advising in comments than
> MAX_SG_NR should always be greater than a certain number to ensure
> proper operation.




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