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SubjectRe: [PATCH v6 4/4] i2c, i2c_imc: Add DIMM bus code
On Feb 28, 2014 11:15 AM, "Mauro Carvalho Chehab" <m.chehab@samsung.com> wrote:
>
> Em Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:39:07 -0800
> Andy Lutomirski <luto@amacapital.net> escreveu:
>
> > On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM, Luck, Tony <tony.luck@intel.com> wrote:
> > >> (I'm c/c Tony here, as he also shared the same concern that I had on a
> > >> previous feedback about using I2C to talk with the DIMM).
> > >
> > > Correct - I've heard the same issues that reads on I2C can be misinterpreted
> > > as writes ... and oops, you have a brick.
> >
> > Is this true on DDR3 DIMMs, i.e. anything that's compatible with
> > LGA2011? If you plug a DIMM into an LGA2011 board's memory slot,
> > then, one way or another, it's very likely that there will be TSOD
> > traffic, if for no other purpose than to determine that there is no
> > TSOD present. TSOD traffic consists of reads and writes, both with
> > and without register numbers. (Sorry, I can never remember the smbus
> > terminology here -- the relevant transactions are two-byte reads and
> > two-byte writes, both with a command specified and without one. One
> > of the bits in the iMC SMBUS registers tells the controller which kind
> > of read to use to probe the thermometer.)
>
> An update on that: I double-checked with a DIMM manufacturer.
> I was told that some DIMM models have write protect circuits but
> others don't.
>
> So, yeah, accessing it could eventually brick the DIMM, depending
> on the DIMM model, if such driver won't block I2C write ops or
> if the BIOS is also trying to access the bus at the same time.

I'm not sure I buy the argument about blocking writes -- as far as I
know, i2c-i801 on desktop platforms has exactly the same issue. Or
maybe I'm misunderstanding you.

I'd be okay with adding code to block writes to SPD addresses, but I'm
not sure I see the point. If root wants to brick a DIMM, I'm sure
root can find a way.

On the other hand, racing with BIOS is a real problem. I'd like to
know how Intel plans to handle this. I suspect that POLL_EN is the
right bit to use, but the docs are vague, and there could be strange
BIOSes out there.

(Grr. Everything would be saner if SMM didn't exist.)

--Andy


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