[Linaro-mm-sig] [RFC] Synchronizing access to buffers shared with dma-buf between drivers/devices
konkers at android.com
Wed Jun 6 15:28:39 UTC 2012
On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 6:33 AM, John Reitan <john.reitan at arm.com> wrote:
>> But maybe instead of inventing something new, we can just use 'struct
>> kthread_work' instead of 'struct kds_callback' plus the two 'void *'s?
>> If the user needs some extra args they can embed 'struct
>> kthread_work' in their own struct and use container_of() magic in the
>> Plus this is a natural fit if you want to dispatch callbacks instead
>> on a kthread_worker, which seems like it would simplify a few things
>> when it comes to deadlock avoidance.. ie., not resource deadlock
>> avoidance, but dispatching callbacks when some lock is held.
> That sounds like a better approach.
> Will make a cleaner API, will look into it.
When Tom visited us for android graphics camp in the fall he argued
that there were cases where we would want to avoid an extra schedule.
Consider the case where the GPU is waiting for a render buffer that
the display controller is using. If that render can be kicked off w/o
acquiring locks, the display's vsync IRQ handler can call release,
which in turn calls the GPU callback, which in turn kicks off the
render very quickly w/o having to leave IRQ context.
One way around the locking issue with callbacks/async wait is to have
async wait return a value to indicate that the resource has been
acquired instead of calling the callback. This is the approach I
chose in our sync framework.
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