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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v2 07/13] firmware: arm_scmi: Add notification dispatch and delivery
Hi Cristian,

I didn't want to jump into your discussion with Jim in other broader
thread with this small thought, so I added a comment below.

On 2/14/20 3:35 PM, Cristian Marussi wrote:
> Add core SCMI Notifications dispatch and delivery support logic which is
> able, at first, to dispatch well-known received events from the RX ISR to
> the dedicated deferred worker, and then, from there, to final deliver the
> events to the registered users' callbacks.
> Dispatch and delivery is just added here, still not enabled.
> Signed-off-by: Cristian Marussi <>
> ---
> V1 --> V2
> - splitted out of V1 patch 04
> - moved from IDR maps to real HashTables to store event_handlers
> - simplified delivery logic
> ---
> drivers/firmware/arm_scmi/notify.c | 242 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
> drivers/firmware/arm_scmi/notify.h | 22 +++
> 2 files changed, 262 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/drivers/firmware/arm_scmi/notify.c b/drivers/firmware/arm_scmi/notify.c
> index 1339b6de0a4c..c2341c5304cf 100644
> --- a/drivers/firmware/arm_scmi/notify.c
> +++ b/drivers/firmware/arm_scmi/notify.c
> @@ -48,13 +48,44 @@
> * particular event coming only from a well defined source (like CPU vs GPU).
> * When the source is not specified the user callback will be registered for
> * all existing sources for that event (if any).


> @@ -840,6 +1071,11 @@ static struct scmi_notify_ops notify_ops = {
> */
> int scmi_notification_init(struct scmi_handle *handle)
> {
> + scmi_notify_wq = alloc_workqueue("scmi_notify",

I think it might limit some platforms. It depends on their workload.
If they have some high priority workloads which rely on this mechanisms,
they might need a RT task here. The workqueues would be scheduled in
CFS, so it depends on workload in there (we might even see 10s ms delays
in scheduling-up them). If we use RT we would grab the CPU from CFS.

It would be good if it is a customization option: which mechanism
to use based on some a parameter. Then we could create:
a) workqueue with the flags above
b) workqueue with WQ_HIGHPRI (limited by minimum nice)
c) kthread_create_worker() with RT/DL/FIFO sched policy
(with also a parameterized priority)

In default clients might use a) but when they want to tune their
platform, they might change only a parameter in their scmi code,
not maintaining a patch for the RT function out of tree.


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