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SubjectRe: [PATCH V6 0/7] Add driver support for Data Capture and Compare Engine(DCC) for SM8150,SC7280,SC7180,SDM845
On Thu 06 Jan 07:20 PST 2022, Souradeep Chowdhury wrote:

>
> On 12/16/2021 9:18 PM, Thara Gopinath wrote:
> >
> >
> > On 8/10/21 1:54 PM, Souradeep Chowdhury wrote:
> > > DCC(Data Capture and Compare) is a DMA engine designed for debugging
> > > purposes.In case of a system
> > > crash or manual software triggers by the user the DCC hardware
> > > stores the value at the register
> > > addresses which can be used for debugging purposes.The DCC driver
> > > provides the user with sysfs
> > > interface to configure the register addresses.The options that the
> > > DCC hardware provides include
> > > reading from registers,writing to registers,first reading and then
> > > writing to registers and looping
> > > through the values of the same register.
> > >
> > > In certain cases a register write needs to be executed for accessing
> > > the rest of the registers,
> > > also the user might want to record the changing values of a register
> > > with time for which he has the
> > > option to use the loop feature.
> >
> > Hello Souradeep,
> >
> > First of all, I think this is very a useful feature to have. I have some
> > generic design related queries/comments on driver and the interface
> > exposed to the user space. Also, I do not understand the h/w well here,
> > so feel free to correct me if I am wrong.
> >
> > 1. Linked list looks like a very internal feature to the h/w. It really
> > is not an info that user should be aware of. I tried reading the code a
> > bit. IUC, every time a s/w trigger is issued the configs in all the
> > enabled linked lists are executed. The final ram dump that you get from
> > /dev/dcc_sram is a dump of contents from all the enabled list? Is this
> > understanding correct ? And we are talking of at-most 4 linked list?
> > If yes, I think it might be better to have a folder per linked list with
> > config, config_write etc. Also if possible it will be better to dump the
> > results to a file in the specific folder instead of reading from
> > /dev/dcc_sram.
> > If no, there is no real need for user to know the linked list, right?
> > Choosing of linked list can be done by kernel driver in this case with
> > no input needed from user.
> >
> > 2. Now to the sysfs interface itself, I know lot of thought has gone
> > into sysfs vs debugfs considerations. But, have you considered using
> > netlink interface instead of sysfs. Netlink interface is used for
> > asynchronous communication between kernel and user space. In case of
> > DCC, the communication appears to be asynchronous, where in user asks
> > the kernel to capture some info and kernel can indicate back to user
> > when the info is captured. Also the entire mess surrounding echoing addr
> > / value / offset repeatedly into a sysfs entry can be avoided using
> > netlink interface.
> >
> Hello Thara,
>
> Thanks for your review comments. Following are some points from my end
>
>
> 1) Each linked list represent a particular block of memory in DCC_SRAM which
> is preserved for that particular list. That is why offset calculation is
> done on the driver based on the linked list chosen by the user.
>
>     This choice needs to be made by the user since the number for the linked
> list chosen is specific to the registers used to debug a particular
> component.  Also we are giving the user flexibility to configure multiple
>
>     linked lists at one go so that even if we don't have a separate folder
> for it , the dumps are collected as a separate list of registers. Also there
> are certain curr_list values which may be supported by the dcc
>
>     hardware but may not be accessible to the user and so the choice cannot
> be made arbitrarily from the driver.
>

But in the end, as you write out the SRAM content, is there really any
linked lists? Afaict it's just a sequence of operations/commands. The
linked list part seems to be your data structure of choice to keep track
of these operations in the driver before flushing them out.

Regards,
Bjorn

>
> 2) From opensource, I can see that Netlink has been used in most of the
> cases where we need to notify stats to the user by taking the advantage of
> asynchronous communication. In this case, that requirement is not
>
>     there since it is mostly one way communication from user to kernel. Also
> since this is used for debugging purposes perhaps sysfs adds more
> reliability than Netlink. In case of Netlink we have the additional
>
>      overhead of dealing with socket calls. Let me know otherwise.
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Souradeep
>
>
>
>
>

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