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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 03/16] spi: dw: Locally wait for the DMA transactions completion
On Fri, May 29, 2020 at 11:12:04AM +0300, Serge Semin wrote:
> On Fri, May 29, 2020 at 10:55:32AM +0300, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> > On Fri, May 29, 2020 at 7:02 AM Serge Semin
> > <> wrote:
> > >
> > > Even if DMA transactions are finished it doesn't mean that the SPI
> > > transfers are also completed. It's specifically concerns the Tx-only
> > > SPI transfers, since there might be data left in the SPI Tx FIFO after
> > > the DMA engine notifies that the Tx DMA procedure is done. In order to
> > > completely fix the problem first the driver has to wait for the DMA
> > > transaction completion, then for the corresponding SPI operations to be
> > > finished. In this commit we implement the former part of the solution.
> > >
> > > Note we can't just move the SPI operations wait procedure to the DMA
> > > completion callbacks, since these callbacks might be executed in the
> > > tasklet context (and they will be in case of the DW DMA). In case of
> > > slow SPI bus it can cause significant system performance drop.
> >
> > I read commit message, I read the code. What's going on here since you
> > repeated xfer_completion (and its wait routine) from SPI core and I'm
> > wondering what happened to it? Why we are not calling
> > spi_finalize_current_transfer()?
> We discussed that in v4. You complained about using ndelay() for slow SPI bus,
> which may cause too long atomic context execution. We agreed. Since we can't wait
> in the tasklet context and using a dedicated kernel thread for waiting would be too
> much, Me and Mark agreed, that

> even if it causes us of the local wait-function
> re-implementation the best approach would be not to use the generic
> spi_transfer_wait() method, but instead wait for the DMA transactions locally
> in the DMA driver and just return 0 from the transfer_one callback indicating
> that the SPI transfer is finished and there is no need for SPI core to wait. As
> a lot of DMA-based SPI drivers do.

The above is missed in the commit message.

> If you don't understand what the commit message says, just say so. I'll
> reformulate it.

See above. A bit of elaboration would be good. Thank you!

With Best Regards,
Andy Shevchenko

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