[RFC] Inter-processor Mailboxes Drivers

Hiroshi DOYU Hiroshi.DOYU at nokia.com
Mon Feb 14 18:21:56 EST 2011

Hi Meador,

From: ext Meador Inge <meador_inge at mentor.com>
Subject: [RFC] Inter-processor Mailboxes Drivers
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 15:19:51 -0600

> Hi All,
> I am currently working on building AMP systems using OpenMCAPI
> (https://bitbucket.org/hollisb/openmcapi/wiki/Home) as the
> inter-processor communication mechanism.  With OpenMCAPI we, of
> course,
> need a way to send messages to various cores.  On some Freescale PPC
> platforms (e.g. P1022DS, MPC8572DS), we have been using message
> registers to do this work.  Recently, I was looking at the OMAP4
> mailboxes to gear up for moving into ARM based platforms.
> With that, I noticed 'arch/arm/plat-omap/mailbox.c'.  This is very
> specific to the OMAP4 boards.  I am looking at designing a new set of
> drivers to expose a mailbox service to userspace that will be used
> for inter-processor communication.  This would entail the traditional
> generic/specific driver split:
>     1. Hardware specific bits somewhere under '.../arch/*'.  Drivers
>        for the MPIC message registers on Power and OMAP4 mailboxes, for
>        example.
>     2. A higher level driver under '.../drivers/mailbox/*'.  That the
>        pieces in (1) would register with.  This piece would expose the
>        main kernel API.
>     3. Userspace interfaces for accessing the mailboxes.  A
>        '/dev/mailbox1', '/dev/mailbox2', etc... mapping, for example.
> Now I have the following questions:
>     1. Do others see value in this?


I discussed this with TI(Hari) long time ago, but it didn't proceed
with some reason, not techinical one.

>     2. Does something like this already exist?
>     3. Is someone else already working on this?
> Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

Now the basic concpet can be devided into 3 parts, (1)HW dependent,
(2) generic driver, (3) character device interface. I guess that it
might be good to have one _pseudo_ H/W instance, then easier for
verification without real H/W and firmwares, across multiplatforms.

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