[Linaro-mm-sig] [RFC 1/2] dma-buf: Introduce dma buffer sharing mechanismch
daniel at ffwll.ch
Tue Nov 8 17:42:27 UTC 2011
On Tue, Nov 08, 2011 at 10:59:56AM -0600, Clark, Rob wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 3:04 AM, Marek Szyprowski
> > 2. dma-mapping api is very limited in the area of the dynamic buffer management,
> > this API has been designed definitely for static buffer allocation and mapping.
> > It looks that fully dynamic buffer management requires a complete change of
> > v4l2 api principles (V4L3?) and a completely new DMA API interface. That's
> > probably the reason by none of the GPU driver relies on the DMA-mapping API
> > and implements custom solution for managing the mappings.
> > This reminds me one more issue I've noticed in the current dma buf proof-of-
> > concept. You assumed that the exporter will be responsible for mapping the
> > buffer into io address space of all the client devices. What if the device
> > needs additional custom hooks/hacks during the mappings? This will be a serious
> > problem for the current GPU drivers for example. IMHO the API will be much
> > clearer if each client driver will map the scatter list gathered from the
> > dma buf by itself. Only the client driver has the complete knowledge how
> > to do this correctly for this particular device. This way it will also work
> > with devices that don't do the real DMA (like for example USB devices that
> > copy all data from usb packets to the target buffer with the cpu).
> The exporter doesn't map.. it returns a scatterlist to the importer.
> But the exporter does allocate and pin backing pages. And it is
> preferable if the exporter has the opportunity to wait until as much
> is known about the various importing devices to know if it must
> allocate contiguous pages, or pages in a certain range.
Actually I think the importer should get a _mapped_ scatterlist when it
calls get_scatterlist. The simple reason is that for strange stuff like
memory remapped into e.g. omaps TILER doesn't have any sensible notion of
an address in physical memory. For the USB-example I think the right
approach is to attach the usb hci to the dma_buf, after all that is the
device that will read the data and move over the usb bus to the udl
device. Similar for any other device that sits behind a bus that can't do
dma (or it doesn't make sense to do dma).
Imo if there's a use-case where the client needs to frob the sg_list
before calling dma_map_sg, we have an issue with the dma subsystem in
> That said, on a platform where everything had iommu's or somehow
> didn't have any particular memory requirements, or where the exporter
> had the strictest requirements (or at least knew of the strictest
> requirements), then the exporter is free to allocate/pin the backing
> pages earlier, such as even before the buffer is exported.
Yeah, I think the important thing is that the dma_buf api should allow
decent buffer management. If certain subsystems ignore that and just
allocate up-front, no problem for me. But given how all graphics drivers
for essentially all OS have moved to dynamic buffer management, I expect
decoders, encoders, v4l devices and whatever else might sit in a graphics
pipeline to follow.
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