[RFC] dmaengine/dma_slave: add context parameter to prep_slave_sg callback

Bounine, Alexandre Alexandre.Bounine at idt.com
Tue Jan 31 03:55:48 EST 2012

On Monday, January 30, 2012 at 4:31 AM, Vinod Koul wrote:
> On Thu, 2012-01-26 at 16:22 -0500, Alexandre Bounine wrote:
> > As we agreed during our discussion about adding DMA Engine support for RapidIO
> > subsystem, RapidIO and similar clients may benefit from adding an extra context
> > parameter to device_prep_slave_sg() callback.
> > See https://lkml.org/lkml/2011/10/24/275 for more details.
> >
> > Adding the context parameter will allow to pass client/target specific
> > information associated with an individual data transfer request.
> >
> > In the case of RapidIO support this additional information consists of target
> > destination ID and its buffer address (which is not mapped into the local CPU
> > memory space). Because a single RapidIO-capable DMA channel may queue data
> > transfer requests to different target devices, the per-request configuration
> > is required.
> >
> > The proposed change eliminates need for new subsystem-specific API.
> > Existing DMA_SLAVE clients will ignore the new parameter.
> >
> > This RFC only demonstrates the API change and does not include corresponding
> > changes to existing DMA_SLAVE clients. Complete set of patches will be provided
> > after (if) this API change is accepted.
> This looks good to me. But was thinking if we need to add this new
> parameter for other slave calls (circular, interleaved, memcpy...)

I agree that cyclic and interleaved calls may benefit from adding that parameter as well.
Benefits to the cyclic call are straightforward - same as dma_slave.
Adding a context parameter to the interleaved transfers may be more future proofing option
than an immediate need. Memcopy and other calls that deal with local memory transfers
probably should be left untouched.

What if we limit modifications to:
1) three calls (slave, cyclic and interleaved) OR
2) two (slave and cyclic) at this moment?

I am just more focused on dma_slave just because it fits well to provide RDMA
over RapidIO fabric.

If everybody agrees, I can go ahead and make changes to all three at once.


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