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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/2] firmware: google: Expose CBMEM over sysfs
On Tue, Dec 17, 2019 at 01:16:33PM -0700, Mat King wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 17, 2019 at 12:02 AM Stephen Boyd <swboyd@chromium.org> wrote:
> >
> > Quoting Mat King (2019-12-13 13:31:46)
> > > On Mon, Dec 9, 2019 at 11:57 PM Julius Werner <jwerner@chromium.org> wrote:
> > > > > +static int cbmem_probe(struct coreboot_device *cdev)
> > > > > +{
> > > > > + struct device *dev = &cdev->dev;
> > > > > + struct cb_priv *priv;
> > > > > + int err;
> > > > > +
> > > > > + priv = kzalloc(sizeof(*priv), GFP_KERNEL);
> > > > > + if (!priv)
> > > > > + return -ENOMEM;
> > > > > +
> > > > > + memcpy(&priv->entry, &cdev->cbmem_entry, sizeof(priv->entry));
> > > > > +
> > > > > + priv->remap = memremap(priv->entry.address,
> > > > > + priv->entry.entry_size, MEMREMAP_WB);
> > > >
> > > > We've just been discussing some problems with CBMEM areas and memory
> > > > mapping types in Chrome OS. CBMEM is not guaranteed to be page-aligned
> > > > (at least not the "small" entries), but the kernel can only assign
> > > > memory attributes for a page at a time (and refuses to map the same
> > > > area twice with two different memory types, for good reason). So if
> > > > CBMEM entries sharing a page are mapped as writeback by one driver but
> > > > uncached by the other, things break.
> > > >
> > > > There are some CBMEM entries that need to be mapped uncached (e.g. the
> > > > ACPI UCSI table, which isn't even handled by anything using this CBMEM
> > > > code) and others for which it would make more sense (e.g. the memory
> > > > console, where firmware may add more lines at runtime), but I don't
> > > > think there are any regions that really *need* to be writeback. None
> > > > of the stuff accessing these areas should access them often enough
> > > > that caching matters, and I think it's generally more common to map
> > > > firmware memory areas as uncached anyway. So how about we standardize
> > > > on mapping it all uncached to avoid any attribute clashes? (That would
> > > > mean changing the existing VPD and memconsole drivers to use
> > > > ioremap(), too.)
> > >
> > > I don't think that uncached would work here either because the acpi
> > > driver will have already mapped some of these regions as write-back
> > > before this driver is loaded so the mapping will fail.
> >
> > Presumably the ucsi driver is drivers/usb/typec/ucsi/ucsi_acpi.c? Is
> > that right? And on ACPI based systems is this I/O memory or just some
> > carved out memory region that is used to communicate something to the
> > ACPI firmware? From looking at the ucsi driver it seems like it should
> > be mapped with memremap() instead of ioremap() given that it's not
> > actual I/O memory that has any sort of memory barrier or access width
> > constraints. It looks more like some sort of memory region that is being
> > copied into and out of while triggering some DSM. Can it at least be
> > memremap()ed with MEMREMAP_WT?
>
> Yes this is the ucsi_acpi.c driver that has caused this issue to come
> up. It does just use a region of memory carved in the BIOS out for the
> purpose of this device. The kernel can write to this memory and call a
> _DSM to push data to an EC or call the _DSM to pull from the EC into
> this memory region. See
> https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/white-papers/bios-implementation-of-ucsi.pdf
> . The driver is very explicit about using uncached memory and I
> suspect that is why memremap() was not used, but I am not sure why
> uncahed memory is needed. The only consumers of this memory are the
> driver itself and the ACPI asl code in the _DSM which as far as I know
> is being exectued by the kernel directly. Are there any other reasons
> to use uncached memory when dealing with ACPI asl code?

The reason why I did not use memremap() was because I was convinced
that there will soon be physical devices such as PD controllers that
supply the interface, and with those the memory resource given to the
driver would be real bus memory. But that was already years ago,
and there still are no such devices that I know of, so if you guys
want to change the driver so that it uses memremap() instead of
ioremap(), I'm not going to be against it. But just be warned: We can
not guarantee that there isn't going to be IO side effects in every
case.

But why is the UCSI ACPI mailbox a problem for you guys? Why do you
have the UCSI ACPI device object in your ACPI tables in the first
place?


thanks,

--
heikki

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