[patch 1/5] Staging: VME Framework for the Linux Kernel

Martyn Welch martyn.welch at gefanuc.com
Tue Aug 11 08:02:52 UTC 2009

Emilio G. Cota wrote:
> Martyn Welch wrote:
>> If the driver writer wants a "single shot" effect, there's little  
>> overhead in creating a one item link-list and executing it. However,  
>> without support for this mode the author is stuck with single shot  
>> transfers.  If the author wants to perform scatter gather type  
>> transfers, without this functionality in the API - which is supported by  
>> all the bridges I have seen - he won't be able to easily avail himself  
>> of this functionality and get "work done".
> Again, he (the driver writer) should know *nothing* about that.
> As for the scatter-gather case, what should happen is:
> User:		hey, there's a buffer I want to transfer. here's
> 		a pointer and size

Buffer where? On VME or PCI, where are you transferring it to? The API I 
have will allow scattered locations on VME to be copied to PCI and 
visa-versa, scattered locations on PCI to be copied to VME and 
visa-versa. Even scattered locations on VME to scattered locations on 
PCI with a bit of effort.

> VME layer:	ok, passing it to the bridge
> VME bridge:	I know I'm over PCI, so I'll get the pages
> 		from memory and map the sg list over PCI, and
> 		then will tell the bridge to perform from there.
> That's just a particular example, but for the user (read driver
> writer) it's much simpler this way. Doesn't need to know about
> lists or whatever.

But seems to fail to provide the flexibility that I outlined above.

> E.

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