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Date:   Tue, 21 Aug 2018 12:52:48 +0200
From:   Boris Brezillon <boris.brezillon@...tlin.com>
To:     Naga Sureshkumar Relli <nagasure@...inx.com>
Cc:     Miquel Raynal <miquel.raynal@...tlin.com>,
        "richard@....at" <richard@....at>,
        "dwmw2@...radead.org" <dwmw2@...radead.org>,
        "computersforpeace@...il.com" <computersforpeace@...il.com>,
        "marek.vasut@...il.com" <marek.vasut@...il.com>,
        "kyungmin.park@...sung.com" <kyungmin.park@...sung.com>,
        "absahu@...eaurora.org" <absahu@...eaurora.org>,
        "peterpandong@...ron.com" <peterpandong@...ron.com>,
        "frieder.schrempf@...eet.de" <frieder.schrempf@...eet.de>,
        "linux-mtd@...ts.infradead.org" <linux-mtd@...ts.infradead.org>,
        "linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        Michal Simek <michals@...inx.com>,
        "nagasureshkumarrelli@...il.com" <nagasureshkumarrelli@...il.com>
Subject: Re: [LINUX PATCH v10 1/2] dt-bindings: mtd: arasan: Add device tree
 binding documentation

On Tue, 21 Aug 2018 10:44:54 +0000
Naga Sureshkumar Relli <nagasure@...inx.com> wrote:

> Hi Miquel,
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Miquel Raynal [mailto:miquel.raynal@...tlin.com]
> > Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 3:23 PM
> > To: Naga Sureshkumar Relli <nagasure@...inx.com>
> > Cc: Boris Brezillon <boris.brezillon@...tlin.com>; richard@....at; dwmw2@...radead.org;
> > computersforpeace@...il.com; marek.vasut@...il.com; kyungmin.park@...sung.com;
> > absahu@...eaurora.org; peterpandong@...ron.com; frieder.schrempf@...eet.de; linux-
> > mtd@...ts.infradead.org; linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org; Michal Simek <michals@...inx.com>;
> > nagasureshkumarrelli@...il.com
> > Subject: Re: [LINUX PATCH v10 1/2] dt-bindings: mtd: arasan: Add device tree binding
> > documentation
> > 
> > Hi Naga,
> > 
> > Naga Sureshkumar Relli <nagasure@...inx.com> wrote on Tue, 21 Aug 2018
> > 09:22:07 +0000:
> >   
> > > Hi Boris,
> > >  
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: Boris Brezillon [mailto:boris.brezillon@...tlin.com]
> > > > Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 11:30 AM
> > > > To: Naga Sureshkumar Relli <nagasure@...inx.com>
> > > > Cc: miquel.raynal@...tlin.com; richard@....at; dwmw2@...radead.org;
> > > > computersforpeace@...il.com; marek.vasut@...il.com;
> > > > kyungmin.park@...sung.com; absahu@...eaurora.org;
> > > > peterpandong@...ron.com; frieder.schrempf@...eet.de; linux-
> > > > mtd@...ts.infradead.org; linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org; Michal Simek
> > > > <michals@...inx.com>; nagasureshkumarrelli@...il.com
> > > > Subject: Re: [LINUX PATCH v10 1/2] dt-bindings: mtd: arasan: Add
> > > > device tree binding documentation
> > > >
> > > > On Tue, 21 Aug 2018 05:47:18 +0000
> > > > Naga Sureshkumar Relli <nagasure@...inx.com> wrote:
> > > >  
> > > > > > > +Required properties:
> > > > > > > +- compatible:		Should be "xlnx,zynqmp-nand" or "arasan,nfc-v3p10"  
> > > > > >
> > > > > > In your example it's not an "or" since both are defined.  
> > > > > In our previous discussion
> > > > > (https://lore.kernel.org/patchwork/patch/748901/)
> > > > > We decided to have compatible strings like " compatible =
> > > > > "<soc-vendor>,<ip-revision>",  
> > > > "arasan,<ip-revision>";"  
> > > > > So it should be either of these.
> > > > > so I will write something like below "Possible values are
> > > > > "xlnx,zynqmp-nand"
> > > > > 			"arasan,nfc-v3p10"
> > > > > And in example I will mention any one compatible.
> > > > > Is it ok?  
> > > >
> > > > Hm, why do you need arasan,nfc-v3p10 at all if it's supposed to be
> > > > overloaded by a soc specific compat?  
> > > Actually we put these compatible strings based on the comments on v7 series.
> > > Anyway I will just keep "xlnx,zynqmp-nand" as compatible.  
> > > >  
> > > > > > > +
> > > > > > > +Optional properties:
> > > > > > > +- arasan,has-mdma: Enables DMA support  
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Can't you detect that based on the compatible (or thanks to a
> > > > > > register). If it's something you choose when configuring the IP
> > > > > > and can't detect at  
> > > > runtime I guess it's fine.  
> > > > > There is no way to select DMA when configuring the IP.
> > > > > But it has internal DMA and there is a register to select PIO or
> > > > > DMA while starting a  
> > > > transfer.  
> > > > > So if user really don't want DMA, then we will never set DMA in
> > > > > the code based on DT  
> > > > property.
> > > >
> > > > If it's a purely SW choice, then is shouldn't be described in the DT.
> > > > You can use a module param, but I'm not even sure why one would want to disable DMA.  
> > > UBIFS doesn't work with DMA, hence we are using a DT property to operate the driver in  
> > IO.  
> > > But as you pointed (use virt_is_valid()), with this we can switch our driver to operate in  
> > PIO or DMA.  
> > > I will remove this from DT.  
> > 
> > I don't get why UBIFS would not work with DMA? This is a significant drawback.  
> UBIFS uses vmalloc'ed buffers whereas for DMA it should be DMA-able, i.e uses physically contiguous memory.
> Hence we used a DT property to make it work in PIO mode.
> Some discussion happened in https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/9675007/.
> But whatever I said above, is with older arasan_nand driver, now anyway we have
> virt_addr_valid(). By checking this we can use DMA or PIO.
> This is the information I have, but I may be wrong.

My recommandation: set the NAND_USE_BOUNCE_BUFFER and always use DMA.

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