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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 2/2] dt-bindings: introduce Command DB for QCOM SoCs
Quoting Bjorn Andersson (2018-03-07 11:02:49)
> On Tue 06 Mar 07:57 PST 2018, Lina Iyer wrote:
> > On Mon, Mar 05 2018 at 16:15 -0700, Bjorn Andersson wrote:
> > > On Mon 26 Feb 09:58 PST 2018, Lina Iyer wrote:
> > > As such I think you should just describe only the 0x85fe0000 + 0x20000
> > > region here and to support the dynamic aspect of this from a system
> > > point of view you can have the boot loader read the information at
> > > 0xc3f000c and adjust the reserved memory. (Or just keep the step of
> > > manually update the dts without caring about the indirection)
> > >
> > It would be incorrect and very board specific to just use the 0x85fe000
> > as the address. It is not how the SoC defines the location. Upon request
> > earlier, this memory location was added in DT and the location is
> > typical reference platform usage only.
> >
> The problem is that as the db resides in a chunk of memory in the middle
> of what Linux considers System RAM the DTS must specify this region as
> reserved. Which means that as you, like described above, update the
> dictionary something (in your scheme a person) has to update the
> reserved-memory region as well.
> That's why I'm proposing that the appropriate implementation for this
> is to have the boot loader to the dictionary part of this and Linux only
> care about the actual reserved-memory region. This way you would still
> implement the dictionary lookup on a system level, but the Linux
> part no longer depend on a human updating the DTS to match the values of
> the dictionary.

Agreed. I thought SMEM had a similar design of a cookie in IMEM to
indicate location and size because coordinating changes across all the
various software images is a hard problem. But coordinating between
linux and the linux bootloader shouldn't be as hard.

> But if we stick with the approach of describing both these and hoping
> that the values in the first region matches the second (or should we add
> a sanity check in probe?). The memory reserve defined as 0xc3f000c + 8
> looks strange, is this system ram as well and what other things resides
> in that same page?

Doesn't look like it could be RAM, the address is not very close to the
other one so I would guess it's something like IMEM. And there are two
32-bit numbers to describe address and size?

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