[alsa-devel] [PATCH 1/7 v2] dmaengine: add a simple dma library

Vinod Koul vinod.koul at intel.com
Tue Jan 31 07:41:30 CET 2012

On Mon, 2012-01-30 at 10:34 +0100, Guennadi Liakhovetski wrote:
> > I don't still comprehend the need for a library on top of dmaengine
> > which gain is just a library between clients and dmacs. Surely we don't
> > want to write another abstraction on top of one provided?
> > 
> > If the question is to handle scatter-gather even if the hardware doesn't
> > have the capability, then why don't add that in dmaengine itself rather
> > than one more layer?
> Well, yes, adding new abstraction layers is always a decision, that has to 
> be well justified. In this case it does at least make the life easier for 
> two sh-mobile drivers: shdma and the new SUDMAC driver.
> However, I did name the library in a generic way without reference to sh, 
> assuming, that it might with time become useful for other architectures 
> too. The reasons why I prefered to keep it as an optional addition to 
> dmaengine core, instead of tightly integrating it with it are, that (1) I 
> did not want to add useless code to drivers, that do not need it, 
So are we sure that only sh-mobile drivers need this capablity?
Btw does you hardware only support single transfers and no sg support,
would this remain the same in future?
> (2) I am 
> not sure if and when this library will become useful for other drivers: 
> apart from sh I am only familiar with one more dmaengine driver: 
> ipu/ipu_idmac.c, and that one supports scatter-gather lists in a limited 
> way and has some further peculiarities, that would likely make it a bad 
> match for the simple DMA library,
typically the dmacs will support this in some form or other, so your
point is valid :)
>  (3) keeping it separate makes its 
> further development easier.
> OTOH, I'm certainly fine with a tighter library integration with the 
> dmaengine core. I think, it still would be better to keep it in a separate 
> file and only build it if needed, right? This woult also simplify code 
> debugging and further development. I can remove the "simple" notation, 
> which does make it look like an additional abstraction layer, and replace 
> it with, say, sgsoft (scatter-gather software implementation)?
that would be more apt :)
>  A more 
> interesting question is what to do with struct dma_simple_dev, struct 
> dma_simple_chan, struct dma_simple_desc, that embed struct dma_device, 
> struct dma_chan and struct dma_async_tx_descriptor respectively. I don't 
> think we want to merge all the additions from those wrapping structs back 
> into their dmaengine counterparts?
Sure they should be kept separate. I like the wrapping, this keeps it
> How would you like to do this? Don't you think, it would be good to allow 
> both: either implement a dmaengine driver directly, exactly as all drivers 
> are doing now, or use the additional helper library for suitable (simple) 
> hardware types? I see it similar to I2C, where you either implement an I2C 
> driver directly, or you use the bitbanging abstraction for simpler 
> hardware.
I think it would be good to have both, this can be used by folks who
don't have sg support available.


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